Eid al-Fitr / Hari Raya Puasa

Eid al-Fitr, also known as Feast of Breaking the Fast or Sugar Feast, is one of the biggest festivals for Muslims around the world. It celebrates the end of Ramadan fasting month when Muslims are obliged to refrain from food, drinks, and lust from dawn to dusk.

This festival is celebrated on the first of Shawwal in Islamic lunar calendar or Hijri calendar. Due to different calculation between Hijri Calendar and Gregorian calendar, the date of Eid al-Fitr changes from year to year in Gregorian / Western calendar.

When is Eid al-Fitr / Hari Raya Puasa 2014?

Eid al-Fitr 2014 or Eid al-Fitr 1436 Hijri is likely to fall on Monday, 28 July 2014. Please note that this Eid al-Fitr 2014 date is only an estimate. The actual date will be announced adjacent to the festival.

Eid al-Fitr Traditions and Celebrations

Muslims in different countries may have different traditions in celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Yet, there are some Eid ul-Fitr traditions performed by most Muslims around the world. The sounds of takbir reverberate from the mosques and mushalla from the evening before Eid al-Fitr. Early morning, Muslims go to the mosque to do Eid al-Fitr Salat. They greet each other and say “Eid Mubarak” or “Happy Eid” to everyone they meet. On this holy day, Muslim people are encourage to ask for forgiveness and forgive everyone for whatever they’ve done.

Before offering the Eid Prayer, Muslims are obliged to pay “Zakat Fitra”, a kind of charity of the poor, orphans, the elderlies, and wayfarers. They pay Zakat Fitra by donating 2,5 kilograms or 3,5 liters of staple food such as rice, flour, wheat, corn, etc. In Indonesia and many other countries, staple food can be replaced with cash as much as the price of the staple food. On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to fast.

Eid al-Fitr Holidays

Some countries with significant number of Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr as a public holiday. The holidays may last for one, two, three, or even seven days in a row. Here is the list of countries which make Eid al-Fitr as one of their public holidays.

Bangladesh : 3-day holiday
Egypt : 1-day holiday
Indonesia : 2-day holiday
Malaysia : 2-day holiday
Nigeria : 1-day holiday
Pakistan : 3-days holiday
Saudi Arabia : 3 to 10-day holiday
Singapore : 1-day holiday
Sudan : 1-day holiday
Tunisia : 2-day holiday
Turkey : 3-day holiday

Eid al-Fitr Greetings

Here are some Eid al-Fitr greetings in different countries around the world:

Global : Eid Mubarak
Middle-east countries¬† : Eid Mubarak or E’id Sa’id
Indonesia : Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri, Selamat Idul Fitri, or Selamat Lebaran, Mohon Maaf Lahir Batin
Turkey : Bayram?n?z kutlu olsun
Malaysia : Selamat Hari Raya or Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Singapore : Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin
Nigeria : Barka Da Sallah

 

Happy Eid al-Fitr 2014 to all Muslims around the world!