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Eid-al-Fitr in United Kingdom

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Eid al-Fitr, which is on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

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Eid-al-Fitr

Eid-al-Fitr 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eid-al-Fitr 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
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Many Muslims in the United Kingdom (UK) celebrate Eid al-Fitr (also known as Id al-Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr) on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.

Feast of food at a table.

Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast during Eid al-Fitr.

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What do people do?

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for Muslim communities across the United Kingdom. This event involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations.

Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.

The Eid Festival has been annually held in Trafalgar Square in London to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, bringing diverse communities, families and friends together. It features live entertainment, stalls, exhibitions, and children's activities. Muslim communities in the UK also organize their own festivities.

Public life

Eid al-Fitr is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. However, many Islamic businesses and organizations may alter their business hours during this event. There may be some congestion around mosques around this time of the year. 

Background

Eid al-Fitr is also known as the Feast of Fast-Breaking or the Lesser Feast. It marks the end of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries, such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. It is one of Islam’s two major festivals, with Eid al-Adha being the other major festival. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the fasting that occurs during Ramadan.  

It is not possible to predict the date of Eid al-Fitr according to the Gregorian calendar accurately. This is because the month of Shawwal begins, and hence the month of Ramadan ends, after a confirmed sighting of the new moon. The new moon may be sighted earlier or later in specific locations. Hence, Muslims in different parts of the world may begin the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations on different dates.

About Eid-al-Fitr in other countries

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Eid-al-Fitr Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriApr 271990Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
TueApr 161991Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SatApr 41992Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
ThuMar 251993Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
MonMar 141994Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriMar 31995Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
WedFeb 211996Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SunFeb 91997Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriJan 301998Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
TueJan 191999Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SatJan 82000Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
ThuDec 282000Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
MonDec 172001Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriDec 62002Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
WedNov 262003Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SunNov 142004Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriNov 42005Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
TueOct 242006Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SatOct 132007Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
ThuOct 22008Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
MonSep 212009Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriSep 102010Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
WedAug 312011Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SunAug 192012Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
ThuAug 82013Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
TueJul 292014Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SatJul 182015Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
ThuJul 72016Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
MonJun 262017Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
FriJun 152018Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
WedJun 52019Eid-al-FitrMuslim 
SunMay 242020Eid-al-FitrMuslim 

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