Eid-ul-fitr, the marking of the end of Ramadan and fasting, is a more of a rewarding festival than an
offering one for their fasting. It is celebrated the day month of Ramadan ends and the month of Shawwal
(10th month of the Islamic calendar) begins. Take a look at some interesting facts about this festival:

  • It is considered haraam (forbidden) to fast on the day of Eid
  • Zakal al-fitr (charity of breaking fast) is the food offered by Islam to the poor and needy in the
    community. It is offered toward the end of Ramadan so that they too may prepare to celebrate
  • Though Eid marks the same meaning throughout the world, it has different names. It is referred
    as Lebaran or Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Ramazan Bayram or Seker Bayram in Turkey which means
    ‘sugar feast’. In other regions it is called Eid al-Saghir, Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa
  • In Malaysia, the Islam greet each other on Eid with “Selamat Hari Raya Aidalfitri” means ‘Happy
    Celebration Day’
  • The Philippines is the only Christian country to consider Eid, a public holiday
  • Adhaan is the prayer recited for Eid, it is different from the prayers recited regularly
  • Eid celebrations begin early in the morning with communal prayer. The faithful start their day
    with an early morning bath, wears new or the finest clothes, wears ‘oodh attar’ (perfume), eats
    something sweet and goes to the mosque or their usual praying space with family
  • During Eid prayer the faithful face the Mecca
  • The prayer is followed by Eid greetings and the congregation will be dismissed.

The dates celebrated vary within the Islam community. Most countries consider the end of the month of
Ramadan when they spot the crescent moon. According to the Gregorian calendar Eid falls on a different
day every year.