Eid al-Fitr 2021, When is Eid al-Fitr: Why it is Celebrated: Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday that is observed by all Muslims around the world. The holy day is also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” that marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting.
This religious Eid is considered to be the first and only day in the month of Shawwal all through which Muslims are not allowed to fast. The holiday observes the end of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting for the duration of the complete month of Ramadan.
The day of Eid, consequently, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the beginning of any lunar Hijri month differs on the basis when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, so the particular day of celebration differs by locality.
When is Eid al-Fitr this year?
Well, the exact date of Eid always depends on when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted as it changes each year. This holy day may also differ by region, as the new moon is sighted at different times by the local religious authorities.
Eid al-Fitr 2021 is going to be celebrated on May 13 but this date is uncertain as it totally depends on when the Shawwal moon is sighted. Eid al-Fitr is a reward to all the Muslims around the world for observing Ramadan – it is not allowed to fast on the day of Eid.
What is the Significance of Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan fasting, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is held every year by Muslims all around the world. It is a month-long celebration of fasting (sawm) in order to honor and remember the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad as per the Islamic belief. This yearly celebration is considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month carries on 29 to 30 days grounded on the visual sightings of the semi-circular moon, as per the several biographical accounts assembled in the hadiths.
During the observance of Ramadan the following practices are followed:
- Sawm (fasting)
- Reading the Quran
- Zakat and sadaqah (alms giving)
- Taraweeh prayer (Sunni Muslims)
- Remembering and honoring nights of al-Qadr (Shia and Sunni Muslims)
- Refraining from all bad deeds and staying humble and doing good deeds and charity.
How Eid al-Fitr is Celebrated?
Eid al-Fitr celebration is started by going to the mosque as well as praying the Farz Namaz. Additional observances such as family and other social gatherings, traditional sweet dishes, feasting, using perfume, wearing new clothes, shopping and gift-giving are held on this holy day.
How Do You Wish someone Happy Eid?
By tradition, Eid greeting is done by saying “Eid Mubarak.” Muslims follow this greeting which also means “Happy holiday” or “Happy celebrations” with a formal embrace, three times.
After Eid prayers are done, a specially made sweet dish is eaten and the rest of the day is celebrated by rejoicing with family and friends.
Families and friends share their time together and gifts are also shared on this day. Everybody gets new clothes for a special celebration so they can look their best.