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Eid al-Fitr

What is Eid al-Fitr?

In the Islamic (hijri) Calendar, there are two days out of the year dedicated to a celebration called Eid. Eid al-Fitr occurs at the end of the month of Ramadan each year, and Eid al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic year.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, a period of month-long fasting for Muslims around the world.

When does Eid al-Fitr begin?

In 2023, Eid Ul-Fitr is likely to take place on 21st April, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Unlike the Gregorian calendar we use today, the Islamic calendar operates on the lunar cycle. This means that all significant days in the Islamic calendar appear to shift forward approximately 11 days each year. Therefore, the sighting of the moon determines the end of the month-long period of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid.

As with each day in the Islamic calendar, the next day begins after Maghrib prayer (just after sunset) of the same day. Eid begins after the moon has been sighted. Therefore, the last day of fasting ends at Maghrib.

What to do on Eid al-Fitr

Eid is a time for celebration with family and loved ones. Furthermore, it is a period of rest and good tidings! There are many virtues to the day. Therefore, Muslims are encouraged to do many things when celebrating Eid, such as:

  • Pray Eid prayer. Every Muslim is encouraged to pray Eid prayer in congregation with their fellow Muslim community to thank Allah (SWT) and enjoin in good. Click here to read how to pray Eid prayer.
  • Take a different route to and from Eid prayer. It is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to travel to the Eid prayer using one route and return home using a different direction. It was narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah:
“On the Day of Eid, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to return after offering the Eid prayer through a way different from that by which he went’.


  • Wear your best clothes and smell good! This is a day that all are encouraged to perform a ritual ablution, wear their best clothes, smell good, and gather together in community to bring in the celebration.
  • Share gifts and glad tidings. Share in the celebration of a day ordained by Allah!
  • Make Du’a and engage in Ibaadah (worship) and sunnah acts of worship. This is encouraged all year round and especially on days that draw us closer to Allah.

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Page last reviewed: 21 February 2023

Next review due: Within 12 months

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