When is Eid al-Fitr 2020 and how is it different to Eid al-Adha?

The Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr marks the ending of a holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

Eid 2020 is just a few days away. We can’t exactly say when this year Eid will be celebrated across the country because it changes as per the lunar calender. The Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr marks the ending of a holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

The festival of Eid falls on the first day of Islamic month Shawwal. Notably, Eid is one of a very few days when Muslims are strictly prohibited to observe fast. Eid-u-Fitr is likely to be celebrated in India on May 24 this year. Also Read | Eid Mubarak 2020: What Is Eid Al-Fitr, History, Significance And Celebrations

As we have already mentioned that the date of Eid ul Fitr varies from one country to another depending on when the crescent moon is sighted. It is believed that the Almighty Allah commanded Muslims to keep fasting until the last day of Ramadan or Ramzan. The same is mentioned in the holy book, Quran as well.

Here’s everything you need to know about Eid ul Fitr:

When is Eid in 2020?

This year, Eid is  likely to be celebrated on either May 23 or May 24, 2020.  The festival of Eid is most likely to be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other gulf countries on May 23, Saturday and continue till 24 May, Sunday evening.

The festival of Eid is celebrated on the first day of Islamic month Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.

However, there are people who do observe six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal. It is believed that if a Muslim observes six days of fasting in Shawwal, it is equivalent to fasting throughout the year.

It is believed that every good deeds in Islam rewarded 10 times and to fast during the month of Ramadan and further six days during Shawwal fulfills the obligation of fasting for the whole year.

How is Eid celebrated across the world?

On the occasion of Eid, Muslim sports new cloths and participate in festival and celebrations. Majority of Muslims wake up early in the morning to pray at a mosque or go out for special Eid prayers.

Gifts and cards are usually exchanged among friends and family members. On the occasion of Eid, Muslims congratulate one another after Eid prayers. They spend the whole day visiting relatives and neighbours and accepting sweets as they move around from house to house.

Children are usually offered gifts and money to celebrate the properous occasion.

However, this year the Eid celebration is going to be a slightly different.

Is there another Eid celebration in the calendar?

Yes, there is yet another Islamic festival called Eid al Adha. On the occasion of Eid al Adha, Muslims symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Messenger Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son.

This year, the celebration of Eid al Adha will begin from July 30, 2020 and ends on the evening of August 3, 2020.

The festival is quite similar to the Christian and Jewish stories in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, but spared him from doing so.

What are common Eid greetings?

What most of the most used to greet one another is “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) or “Eid sa’id” (Happy Eid).

Madam 360 wishes everyone a very happy Eid 2020!

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