Eid 2018: When is Eid al-Fitr? How do you wish someone a happy Eid

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Eid 2018: When is Eid al-Fitr? How do you wish someone a happy Eid

MILLIONS of Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr as the month of fasting and reflection, Ramadan, draws to a close. So when is Eid 2018? And how can you wish someone a happy Eid

Eid al-Fitr, the first of the two Eids celebrated in the Islamic calendar, celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the month of Ramadan

Ramadan is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time for spiritual reflection, spending time with loved ones, and charitable work

Eid al-Fitr marks the beginning of the tenth month in the Islamic calendar, known as Shawwal, and is a joyous celebration

?When is Eid 2018

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is determined by the sun

Due to this, the exact date of Eid depends on when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted, and changes every year

It can also vary by region, as the new moon is sighted at different times by local religious authorities

This year, Eid is expected to begin on Friday June 15

The International Astronomical Centre in Abu Dhabi has reported that Friday is the expected date “In most Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar

Official Eid announcements are usually made within an hour or two of sunset because the new moon rises and sets with the sun

How do you wish someone a happy Eid

To wish someone a happy Eid you can say ‘Eid Mubarak’, which is Arabic for blessed Eid

Eid Mubarak is pronounced in English like eed mu-buh-ruck

?How is Eid celebrated

Eid is traditionally celebrated for three days and is a national holiday in most Muslim countries

In the UK, people tend to celebrate by taking a day off work or school.

The celebrations usually begin with early morning prayers

The rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with friends and family

Gifts are exchanged, and feasting ensues during daylight hours for the first time since before Ramadan

The food differs depending on location, there is no one meal that is served worldwide

Eid al-Fitr is different to Eid al-Adha, which takes place two months later

Eid al-Adha is the festival coinciding with Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca

Eid al-Adha is known as the “sacrifice feast” and sees an animal sacrificed to feed the poor, friends, and family. It is seen as the holier of the two Eids

By KATE WHITFIELD/express.co.uk
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