As the holy month of Ramzan, aka Ramadan, comes to an end on the 4th-5th of June, depending on the global geographic region, it is time for the celebration of the festival of Eid-Al-Fitr. The date of Eid-Al-Fitr, as per the Islamic calendar is falling on the 5th of June in 2019. However, the celebration ambiance of the festivity of Eid starts prior to the actual day of Eid, which is 2019 is the 4th-5th of June. The main purpose of the celebration is the breaking and marking of the month-long holy fast. Eid-Al-Fitr also relates to the start of the new Islamic month of Shawwal. In fact, Eid-Al-Fitr is the 1st day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Eid-Al-Fitr is one of two main Eids in the year, along with Eid-Ul-Adha.
How is Eid-Al-Fitr celebrated?
Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated in most past parts of the world, especially in countries like India, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Malaysia, UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Philippines, Oman, many African countries like Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, etc. In India, many girls apply Mehndi on their hand's and-or feet. In some countries, Eid-Al-Fitr is a 3-day holiday. Many natives visit mosques on the occasion of Eid. The way of prayers, Namaz, varies between Sunni Muslims and Shia. On the occasion of Eid-Al-Fitr, many visit each others’ homes and have grand feasts and some hold parties.
In many markets, there are special festivity discounts and offers on products and services. Many wear new clothes, decorate their homes and do shopping. Many go out holidaying especially in view of the 3-day holidays. In a form of worship, many make charities, donations especially of items like food, money, etc, particularly to the poor.
How is Eid-Al-Fitr different to Eid-Al-Adha?
As above, Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramzan, while Eid-Al-Adha is observed as a festival that marks sacrifice. Eid-Al-Fitr normally falls in the Gregorian period May-June, while Eid-Ul-Adha falls around Gregorian August. Eid-Ul-Adha is also called Bakr-Eid and Eid-Ul-Zuha. Eid-Al-Adha also spelled Eid-Ul-Adha, normally falls around 2 months after Eid-Al-Fitr. This is considered one of the most auspicious times to make the holy Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, which is considered one of the five pillars in Islam.
How is the date of Eid-Al-Fitr determined?
As above, the date of Eid-Al-Fitr is determined according to the Islamic calendar. The date is set according to the sighting of the crescent moon. Though in the modern-day computer calendars can determine the date, this is traditionally informed by larger mosque heads. The exact date-time can vary country-wise due to the difference in geographic location, time-zones on Earth. There can be some variation in the celebration of the Eid-Al-Fitr region or country-wise. The date of Eid-Al-Fitr can vary every year in the Gregorian calendar.
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