Eid al Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is one of the most important religious celebrations for Muslims around the world. This annual event marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day. The exact date of Eid al Fitr is determined by the sighting of the new moon, which marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
This year, Eid al Fitr is expected to fall on Friday, April 21, which is the day after the end of Ramadan. In the United Arab Emirates, this holiday is celebrated with a four-day weekend, which would fall on April 20, 21, 22, and 23. That’s because Thursday, April 20 is also expected to be a public holiday. Confirmed dates for Eid al Fitr will only be announced in Dubai according to relevant moon sightings, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. This extended weekend is a time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the end of the month-long fast.
Important to remember that Eid al Fitr dates will be confirmed in Dubai only if the relevant moon sightings are met. Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates can vary by one or two days depending on when the new moon is seen. This means that Eid al Fitr’s exact date can differ from one country to another, or even between different regions within the same country.
Eid al-Fitr celebrations usually begin with a morning prayer followed by a sermon and then a day spent feasting and socializing. Many Muslims will wear new clothes and decorate their homes with brightly colored decorations. Traditions sweets and foods are prepared especially for this occasion. Gifts can also be exchanged between family members and friends.