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

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THE date of the Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr changes annually according to the lunar calendar.

After Muslims have observed Ramadan for around a month, they celebrate breaking their fast on Eid.

Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the start of Shawwal which is a month of celebration
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Eid or Eid al-Fitr kick-starts the start of Shawwal which is a month of celebration[/caption]

When is Eid in 2020?

Eid is on May 23 until May 24 in 2020.

It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast.

Eid kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.

However, some Muslims do observe six days of fasting during Shawwal (the day after Eid) – as this period is considered equivalent to fasting all year round.

It is believed that good deeds are rewarded ten times in Islam and so to fast for the 30 days during Ramadan and a further six days during Shawwal fulfils the obligation of fasting for the entire year.

The celebration of Eid is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014.

Eid or Eid al-Fitr also marks the end of Ramadan
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During Eid gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family[/caption]

How is Eid celebrated?

During Eid, Muslims will often purchase new clothes for the occasion, and take part in festivals and celebrations.

Many will wake up early to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue.

Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family.

Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak means "blessed", often Eid Mubarak is used as a greeting over this period.

However, this year due to the coronavirus pandemic celebrations will be slightly different.

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and many Muslims will feast to celebrate
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Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and many Muslims will feast to celebrate[/caption]

Is there another Eid celebration in the calendar?

As well as Eid al-Fitr, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha will begin on the evening of July 30, 2020, and ends on the evening of August 3, 2020.

The celebration revolves around when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of his faith.

It's similar to the Christian and Jewish stories in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, but spared him from doing so.

During this time, Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals, in Britain this is done in a slaughterhouse, and the meat is divided up among friends, family and the needy.


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