Eid al-Fitr is the culmination of the Islamic faith festival of Ramadan which is considered to be the holiest month in the religion’s calendar. Ramadan began on Thursday, April 23 and lasts for a month during which time worshippers fast, pray and undertake good deeds. But when exactly is Eid al-Fitr and how do you wish someone a happy Eid?
What and when is Ramadan?
This year Ramadan began on Thursday, April 23 and ends on Saturday, May 23.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
During this time, Muslims do not let any food or drink pass their lips during daylight hours.
Additionally, this period marks a time during which practising Muslims undertake some of the central tenets of the religion, such as prayer and giving to charity.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is the celebration of the end of the fasting month.
This festival day marks the first day of the next month called Shawwal.
Eid al-Fitr is marked with a big feast, the exchanging of gifts and celebrations and is also known as the Festival of Breaking Fast.