Eid is a time for celebration in the Islamic faith – and actually there is not just one Eid, but two. The first, Eid al-Fitr, follows Ramadan – a test of devotion and endurance as people undergo a month of fasting and prayer. The second, Eid al-Adha, means ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’.
Eid al-Fitr is also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ and celebrates the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. In the UK, Eid al-Fitr lasts for one day – this year it falls between Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13 (this changes every year as it is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar).
The festival will generally be celebrated with meals within communities, and it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Sugar Feast’, as many will indulge in sweet treats after their fasting. Eid al-Fitr is a time when presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited. Because one of the five pillars of Islam is giving to charity – Zakat, many will also celebrate by giving to charity and helping out others.
We wish all those celebrating this occasion a blissful Eid al-Fitr. May this Eid bring you great joy, peace, and happiness.