Ramadan began in the evening of Friday May 26, 2017, and will end in the evening of Saturday June 24, 2017.
This period of time is traditionally an observation of the first revelation of the Qu’ran to Prophet Mohammed, and takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
During Ramadan, Muslims across the globe will refrain from eating, drinking, and other physical needs such as smoking or sex during the daylight hours.
It is a time when they will purify themselves, focus on God and practice sacrifice and self discipline.
The date of Eid, the annual festival following the month-long fast, is determined by the movement of the moon.
Here is everything you need to know.
When is Eid ul Fitr 2017?
Eid ul-Fitr 2017 will begin in the evening of Sunday June 25 and ends in the evening of Monday June 26.
The date Eid ul Fitr falls depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon or ‘Shawwal’ moon.
The time when Eid starts also depends on where you are in the world, and when the new moon is seen.
What is Eid ul Fitr?
Eid is one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar, a day when people thank Allah for the willpower and strength given to them during Ramadan. The day is special because it is when Muslims gather to celebrate the ‘happiness’ one feels after completing an important task.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, marking the holy month when Allah gave the Koran to the Prophet Muhammed, and Muslims across the world fast between sunrise and sunset to learn about discipline and self-restraint.
How will Eid ul Fitr be celebrated?
Usually on the first morning of Eid, Muslims will gather in their finest clothes at local mosques for Salat al-Eid prayers and their first daytime breakfast since the start of Ramadan.
There are many festivals and events being held across the UK for Muslims to celebrate and attend. These will include Arabic arts and crafts, games, food and parades.
How is Eid ul Fitr different to Eid ul Adha?
There are two Eid celebrations during the year.
Eid ul Fitr or ‘Lesser Eid’ marks the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the month-long fast.
Eid ul Adha, or ‘Greater Eid’, comes later on in the year and focuses on Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.