Millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid al-Fitr

What is Eid al-Fitr? Muslims around the globe celebrate end of Ramadan

To mark the end of Islam’s holy month of fasting, Muslims around the globe are celebrating a holiday called Eid al-Fitr.

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Eid follows Laylat al-Qadr or “the Night of Power/Destiny” — a day observers believe Allah sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad to reveal the Quran’s first verses. For many in the United States, Laylat al-Qadr fell on June 1, and Eid al-Fitr falls on Tuesday, June 4.

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 16: Chinese Hui Muslim men take photos as they wait on a carpet before Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on June 16, 2018 in Beijing, China. Islam in China dates back to the 10th century as the legacy of Arab traders who ventured from the Middle East along the ancient Silk Road. Of an estimated 23 million Muslims in China, roughly half are Hui, who are ethnically Chinese and speak Mandarin. China's constitution provides for Islam as one of five 'approved' religions in the officially atheist country though the government enforces severe limits. Worship is permitted only at state-sanctioned mosques and proselytizing in public is illegal. The Hui, one of 55 ethnic minorities in China (along with the Han majority), have long nurtured a coexistence with the Communist Party and is among the minority groups with political representation at various levels of government. The Hui Muslim population fast from dawn until dusk during Ramadan and it is believed there are more than 20 million members of the community in the country. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Determined by the sighting of the moon on the 29th night of Ramadan, Eid is a 3-day celebration that brings families and friends together in early morning prayers followed by picnics, feasts and fun.

Translated to “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Eid offers Muslims a chance to thank Allah for allowing them to fulfill their obligation by fasting and seek forgiveness for any sins.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 15: Filipino Muslims flock to a public park to attend prayers and celebrate Eid al-Fitr on June 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families with massive feasts to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

On the day of Eid, Muslims across the world don their best traditional garb and usually head to mosque for a special congregation prayer. It’s common for children to receive gifts from friends and family members.

You can wish your fellow Muslims a happy end-of-Ramadan by saying “Eid Mubarak” or “Eid Saeed,” which translate to “Have a blessed Eid” and “Happy Eid” in Arabic, respectively.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Muslims participate in an outdoor prayer event at Masjid Aqsa-Salam mosque, Manhattan's oldest West African mosque, to mark the end of Ramadan on June 15, 2018 in New York City. The annual event in Harlem attracts hundreds of worshippers for the Eid Al-Fitr prayer event in front of the mosque. Around the world Muslims are marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, with feats, prayer and family gatherings. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What is Ramadan?

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 15: Filipino Muslims flock to a public park to attend prayers and celebrate Eid al-Fitr on June 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families with massive feasts to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Ramadan is known as the holy month of fasting, with Muslims abstaining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

Fasting during the holiday is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, along with the daily prayer, declaration of faith, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In 2018, according to Al Jazeera, fasting hours around the globe ranged between 10 and 21 hours.

The fast is intended to remind Muslims of the suffering of those less fortunate and bring believers closer to God (Allah, in Arabic). 

During the month, Muslims also abstain from habits such as smoking, caffeine, sex, and gossip; this is seen as a way to both physically and spiritually purify oneself while practicing self-restraint.

Learn more about Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting.

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