As Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims all over the world will soon be celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr is a joyful celebration that marks the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic 30-day fasting month for Muslims all over the world.
But when is Eid al-Fitr in 2022?
Why do Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr?
And how is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?
Let’s take a closer look at these questions.
When is Eid al-Fitr in the year 2022?
Eid al-Fitr occurs on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. Each year, the day advances by 10-11 days in the Gregorian calendar due to the Islamic month commencing on the new crescent moon as viewed by religious authorities.
This year, Eid al-Fitr is predicted to fall on the 2nd of May, following the end of Ramadan.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a much-anticipated celebration in which Muslims break their fast. The name in Arabic, Eid al-Fitr literally translates to “the feast of breaking the fast.” This Eid is the earlier of the two official holidays observed by Muslims.
Eid al-Fitr traditionally begins at sundown on the night of the first glimpse of the crescent moon. However, if the moon is not observed directly after the 29th day of the preceding lunar month, the holiday is celebrated the next day.
How Do Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr?
Muslims throughout the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr in different ways but the central theme always revolves around food. The Eid event lasts three days and begins with reciting morning prayers at the mosque.
Before Eid prayers may begin, a charity donation must be made. This donation is called Zakat al-Fitr or Fitrana, and it is given to the poor and needy so that they can join in the celebrations.
Muslims exchange “Eid Mubarak,” which means “Blessed Eid,” and “Eid Kareem,” which means “Generous Eid,” during the Eid days. During Eid, Muslims will often decorate their homes, host feasts, give gifts to children and anyone in need, and pay visits to their friends and family.
Eid al-Fitr is a national holiday in several Muslim-majority nations. Schools, workplaces, and businesses are closed so that family, friends, and neighbours can share in the celebration and festivities. Muslims in the United States and the United Kingdom may seek a day off from school or work to travel or celebrate with family and friends.
This Eid, let us not forget orphaned children and vulnerable families that live in poverty and those who don’t have the means to present gifts to their children. You can give a special eid gift to a child in need. These gifts are very special to our children who eagerly await receiving a present every year.
You can also pay your Zakat ul Fitr, a charity donation made for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) that must be made before Eid prayer on the first of Shawwal, commemorating Eid al-Fitr.