This year, Eid starts on Sunday June 25 and marks the start of a month of celebration.
Also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Ramadan-Id, it is celebrated by Muslims all over the world, towards the end of the month of Ramadan.
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) however, has already announced Eid will be celebrated on June 25 this year.
Varying geographical and weather conditions meant that people in different locations can not see the appearance of the crescent the same day, making Muslims around the world fast on different days. After breakfast, they go to the mosque to offer Eid prayers, Salat al-Eid.
Three-year-old Husain Dadabhoy from Norco watches while his father, Sulaiman Dadabhoy joins with the 15,000 Muslims from Orange County and Southern California gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center to commemorate "Eid al-Fitr", or the "Festival Of The Feast", held by the Islamic Center of Irvine and Orange County July 28, 2014.
Islam21c can confirm that 'Eid al-Fitr 1438 will be on Sunday - corresponding to 25 June 2017 - based on multiple eye-witness testimonies. The June 26 dinner will not only be open to students and non-students and Muslims and non-Muslims, it will also emphasize interculturalism, with speeches, presentations and videos from Muslims from all over the world.
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The dates can be adjusted slightly nearer the time due to lunar sightings and changes each year. Relishing the widespread array of cuisines, reading the Quran, performing the early morning Namaz and listening to the sermons conducted by religious scholars characterizes the typical routine of a Muslim on this day. As soon as a committee views the crescent moon, it reports that the month of Ramadan is complete and the next month has begun.
"As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan's spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet's teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation".
Although it's traditional to seek the moon from the 29th of the month, scientific measurements of the moon as well as weather patterns show that the moon will most likely only be sighted on Sunday night.
All Muslim countries observe extended holidays for Eid al-Fitr, while most countries declare at least one-day national holiday for Eid. Usually, Muslims gather at one fine place, wear new clothes and do Salat al-Eid prayer and then first-day breakfast of the Ramadan.
Here's what you should know about the Islamic holy day.
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