Eid al Fitr

by Andrew Hazen and Bryan Gilman-Orozco

History

Eid al Fitr meaning "The Festival of Breaking Fast", became an Islamic holiday when the prophet Muhammad came to Medina and saw people celebrating two specific days of entertainment and fun. Later, Muhammad said that god had set two days of holidays rather than festivities. One of the two holidays is called Eid al Fitr. Eid al Fitr will take place on July 17, 2015 in America, and July 16, 2015 on the Muslim calendar.

Did You Know?

Eid al Fitr is also celebrated by the Philippines!

In 1977, it was recognized as a legal holiday for Filipino Muslims, and in 2002, it was upgraded to a national holiday.

How Eid al Fitr is Celebrated

During Eid al Fitr, people dress in their finest clothes, decorate their homes with lights and other decorations, and enjoy visits with and by family and friends they haven't seen in a long time. Special services are held at Mosques or a place where lots of Muslims can meet. Gifts and presents are given to each other, but they are mainly given to children. The main meal of the day is at lunchtime and is the meal is the best the family or group can afford.

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