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Eid Al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday marking the end of month-long Ramadan. It is literally translated as the Festival of Fast-Breaking. For uniformity, most Muslims celebrate Eid when the new moon appears in Mecca.
See the fact file below for more information on the Eid Al-Fitr or alternatively, you can download our 22-page Eid Al-Fitr worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Etymology and Origin
- Eid al-Fitr literally means Festival of the Breaking Fast. Every year, Muslims celebrate this day on different dates based on the Islamic calendar. As opposed to the Gregorian calendar, a new month starts with a new moon. Every year, Ramadan, the fasting observance ending in Eid al-Fitr, falls about 11 days earlier than the previous year.
- Some scholars believed that Prophet Mohammed and his followers celebrated the first Eid al-Fitr in 624 CE after the victorious battle of Jange-Badr.
- The month of Ramadan means prolonged fasting for Muslims around the world. They fast from sunrise to sunset. It also includes abstinence from drinking alcohol, smoking, sexual activities and other pleasures. Muslims honor this month to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
Days of Eid al-Fitr: Customs and Traditions
- Moon-sighting committees around the world declare the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. Generally, it begins when the new moon is sighted over Mecca.
- Traditionally, it is observed during the first three days of the month of Shawwal. On the morning of Eid, Muslims do a ritual called ghusl, wherein they cleanse their body and fit the best dress before morning prayers.
- They greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”, which means “have a blessed Eid”.
- Muslims gather in mosques and outdoor locations for communal prayers before visiting the graves of their loved ones.
- In contrast to the calm and strict observance of fasting during Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with joy and festivities. Muslims believe that after Ramadan their sins are forgiven. Muslim families give donations to the poor, known as Zakat al-Fitr, or charity of fast-breaking.
- Traditionally, food like barley, rice, dates and others are given instead of money.
- In Muslim majority countries, the three-day Eid celebration is an official government and school holiday. Some families even decorate their houses with lights, candles and colored banners.
- Since it is a time of abundance after Ramadan, and children are given gifts called Eidi, which can be in the form of money, accessories, food and flowers.
- Eid al-Fitr is also known as the Lesser Eid, while the Greater Eid is known as Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice.
- On this day, Muslims are encouraged to settle disputes as it is the time of forgiveness.
- Like other religious holidays, celebrating Eid is linked with traditional food best consumed during this day. Desserts like date-filled pastries, butter cookies, fruit cakes and spice cakes, known as Sweet Eid, are usually served.
Eid Al-Fitr Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Eid Al-Fitr across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Eid Al-Fitr worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Eid Al-Fitr which is a Muslim holiday marking the end of month-long Ramadan. It is literally translated as the Festival of Fast-Breaking. For uniformity, most Muslims celebrate Eid when the new moon appears in Mecca.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Eid al-Fitr Facts
- Islamic Holidays
- Eid Gift Basket
- Book of Words
- Rituals on Eid al-Fitr
- Muslims in the World
- Two Eids
- Three-Day Guide
- Muslim Life
- Eid Mubarak!
- Eid Ws
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