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Eid ul Fitr in South Africa

Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

Is Eid ul Fitr a Public Holiday?

Eid ul Fitr is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Muslim child and mother expressing joy.
Many Muslims dress in fine clothing and children receive gifts on Eid al-Fitr.
Many Muslims dress in fine clothing and children receive gifts on Eid al-Fitr.
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About Eid ul Fitr

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Eid ul 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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010FriSep 10Eid ul FitrMuslim
2011WedAug 31Eid ul FitrMuslim
2012SunAug 19Eid ul FitrMuslim
2013ThuAug 8Eid ul FitrMuslim
2014TueJul 29Eid ul FitrMuslim
2015SatJul 18Eid ul FitrMuslim
2016WedJul 6Eid ul FitrMuslim
2017MonJun 26Eid ul FitrMuslim
2018FriJun 15Eid ul FitrMuslim
2019WedJun 5Eid ul FitrMuslim
2020SunMay 24Eid ul FitrMuslim

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