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.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on 1st day of Shawwal month in Islamic calendar. However, according to the solar calendar the dates of Eid differs with almost the gap of 11 days. On the Islamic calendar, the date remains the same as 1st of Shawwal. Muslims start preparations of Eid on the night as the moon is sighted, thus marking it as 1st of Shawwal. Therefore, Muslims will welcome the event in the night and greet everyone after offering the Eid Prayers in the morning at a time soon after sunrise.
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 communities, for example on the east and west coasts of the USA and Canada, may begin the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations on different dates, and likewise in other parts of the world.
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