Published on 19 April 2023 01:17 PM
What is it?
Eid is a celebration festival in the Islamic faith and there are two key Eid's: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Fitr is significant because it occurs at the end of the month of Ramadan each year, marking the end of the fasting period. The name translates to "the festival of the breaking of the fast” and it begins with the first sighting of the new moon.
Eid al-Adha is the other significant Eid celebration in the Islamic calendar. It is celebrated during the month of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic year. This celebration comes after the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Eid is a time for gathering to celebrate with family and loved ones. A few things Muslims are encouraged to do when celebrating Eid are:
- Pray Eid prayer
- Take a different route to and from Eid prayer
- Wear your best clothes and smell good
- Share gifts and glad tidings/donate to charity
What is Ramadan?
In short, Ramadan is the Arabic name for the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is considered one of the holiest months for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims will partake in a period of fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
This year, Ramadan began on Wednesday 22nd of March, and Eid al-Fitr will take place on Friday 21st of April.
To wish someone well during Ramadan, you can say "Ramadan Mubarak", which means "Blessed Ramadan", or "Ramadan Kareem", which translates as "Generous Ramadan".
During Eid, if you would also like to wish someone well you can say "Eid Mubarak".
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