Eid al-Fitr: Details about the Muslim holy religious festival

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Muslims in Kenya from Tuesday will be celebrating one of their biggest religious festivals called Eid al-Fitr.

Muslims conducting Salat al-Eid prayers. [Source/ Courtesy]

Here are details you need to know about the religious festival:

  • Eid al-Fitr is an Arabic word which means “festival of breaking of the fast”.
  • This is the day Muslims break the Ramadhan fast. Ramadhan is also referred to as the holy month and is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
  • During Ramadhan, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset
  • In Muslim countries, Eid al-Fitr is observed in three days, which are public and school holidays.
  • Muslims gather in the morning at mosques to pray and perform special prayers called Salat al-Eid.
Muslims at an Eid al-Fitr feast. Image: Courtesy
  • The Eid festival is used as a time to seek forgiveness and give gratitude to God for leading them through the fasting period.
  • The normal greeting for Eid festival is ‘Eid Mubarak’ which means ‘have a blessed Eid’.
  • On this day many Muslims give donations and food to the less fortunate.
  • Children receive cash gifts called ‘’Eidi’’, clothes and shoes from relatives.

However, the timing of Eid al-Fitr is never on an exact date as the festival date is based on the sighting of the moon in accordance to the Islamic lunar calendar.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in a past Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Image: Courtesy

Sometimes Muslims see the moon themselves or follow the guidance of Saudi Arabia or Turkey who use the calculated time of the new moon.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslims brothers and sisters.

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