Eid is the festival held by Muslims to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, where Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset every day.
Known as Eid ul-Fitr, which means ‘Breaking of the Fast’, it falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar.
How will Muslims celebrate?
Zakat ul-Fitr, or the Zakat of Breaking the Fast of Ramadan, is the special obligatory alms paid by all Muslims at the end of the Ramadan fasting month.
Once Eid prayers are finished, Muslims will traditionally visit their relatives and friends to wish them a happy Eid and often exchange gifts or sweets. This has lent itself to another name for Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Sweets.
Why does the date change?
The date of Eid al-Fitr changes due to a difference between the solar Gregorian calendar and the Hajri calendar, which is governed by the time the moon takes to go through each of its lunar phases.
This means that the date of Eid ul-Fitr is not fixed in the Gregorian calendar.
From all of us here at S4B, may we wish all of our Muslim customers, colleagues and partners ‘Eid Mubarak’.