Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Eid al-Fitr is Muslim holiday that occurs on the first day of Shawwal and marks the end of Ramadan. In some countries, it may also start the beginning of a three day feast. Because the date of this holiday is set according to the lunar Islamic calendar, it is not possible to determine accurately using a Gregorian calendar because the end of Ramadan is set by the confirmed sighting of the new moon. And since different regions may not sight the new moon until different times, then the time of the celebrations may change from region to region.

Customs and Observances

At the end of Ramadan, before the beginning of this holiday, each family is expected to make a donation to the poor and needy. This is to make sure that the poor have enough food to partake in the feast and the celebration.

On a typical Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim will rise before sunrise to offer their pre-sunrise prayer – Salatul Fajr – before attending to personal cleanliness rituals such as showering and brushing their teeth as instructed by the Prophet Muhammad. They are also expected to refrain from fasting, to read the takbirat in an open field and to head to the Eid salaat early. Muslims are also expected to pay proper greeting to those they encounter throughout the day.

After fulfilling their obligations, Muslims will then take the time to visit with their friends and families, wish distant relatives best wishes for the holiday and give gifts to children.

In most Muslim countries, the entire three-day span is an official holiday. In most Western countries where it is observed by local Muslims, it is not.

Where is Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) celebrated?

This year (2017):
Canada (Jun 26) - Trinidad and tobago (Jun 26) - Bahrain (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Yemen (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Bangladesh (Jun 27, Jun 28, Jun 29, Jun 30) - Kosovo (Jun 26) - Turkmenistan (Jun 26) - Australia (Jun 26) - Afghanistan (Jun 26) - Jordan (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28, Jun 29) - Argentina (Jun 25) - United arab emirates (Jun 25, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Gambia (Jun 26) - Iran (Jun 26, Jun 27) - Maldives (Jun 26) - Chad (Jun 26) - United kingdom (Jun 26) - Mali (Jun 26) - Guinea-bissau (Jun 26) - Egypt (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Mayotte (Jun 26) - Bosnia and herzegovina (Jun 26) - Suriname (Jun 26) - Kuwait (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Gabon (Jun 26) - Malawi (Jun 26) - Algeria (Jun 26, Jun 27) - Central african republic (Jun 26) - Uzbekistan (Jun 26) - Kenya (Jun 27) - Ethiopia (Jun 26) - Guinea (Jun 26) - Sri lanka (Jun 26) - Djibouti (Jun 26) - Oman (Jun 26) - Burkina faso (Jun 26) - Togo (Jun 26) - Mauritius (Jun 26) - Niger (Jun 26) - Comoros (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - United states (Jun 26) - Mauritania (Jun 26) - Ghana (Jun 26) - Turkey (Jun 24, Jun 25, Jun 26, Jun 27) - Somalia (Jun 26) - Iraq (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Indonesia (Jun 26, Jun 27) - South africa (Jun 26) - Syria (Jun 26) - Pakistan (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28, Jun 29) - East timor (Jun 26) - Albania (Jun 26) - Tajikistan (Jun 26) - Tunisia (Jun 26) - Qatar (Jun 25, Jun 26) - Rwanda (Jun 26) - Saudi arabia (Jun 26, Jun 29, Jun 30, Jul 1, Jul 2) - Brunei (Jun 26) - Eritrea (Jun 26) - Sierra leone (Jun 26) - Morocco (Jun 26, Jun 27) - Macedonia, republic of (Jun 26) - Cameroon (Jun 26) - Tanzania (Jun 26) - Sudan (Jun 26) - South sudan (Jun 26) - Uganda (Jun 26) - Libya (Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28) - Nigeria (Jun 26, Jun 27)
Next year (2018):
Suriname (Jun 15) - Qatar (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Togo (Jun 15) - Jordan (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17, Jun 18) - Australia (Jun 15) - Iraq (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Yemen (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Brunei (Jun 15) - East timor (Jun 15) - Eritrea (Jun 15) - Burkina faso (Jun 15) - Argentina (Jun 14) - Afghanistan (Jun 15) - Guinea-bissau (Jun 15) - Mauritius (Jun 15) - United states (Jun 15) - Mayotte (Jun 15) - Iran (Jun 15, Jun 16) - Kenya (Jun 16) - Mali (Jun 15) - Turkmenistan (Jun 15) - Algeria (Jun 15, Jun 16) - Kuwait (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Uzbekistan (Jun 15) - Somalia (Jun 15) - Oman (Jun 15) - Bosnia and herzegovina (Jun 15) - South sudan (Jun 15) - Central african republic (Jun 15) - Bahrain (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Kosovo (Jun 15) - Comoros (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Trinidad and tobago (Jun 15) - Gambia (Jun 15) - Ethiopia (Jun 15) - Djibouti (Jun 15) - Niger (Jun 15) - Mauritania (Jun 15) - Uganda (Jun 15) - Saudi arabia (Jun 15, Jun 18, Jun 20, Jun 21) - Libya (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Tanzania (Jun 15) - Tajikistan (Jun 15) - Chad (Jun 15) - Tunisia (Jun 15) - Canada (Jun 15) - Sudan (Jun 15) - Maldives (Jun 15) - Guinea (Jun 15) - Nigeria (Jun 15, Jun 16) - Egypt (Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17) - Cameroon (Jun 15) - Syria (Jun 15) - Morocco (Jun 15, Jun 16) - Macedonia, republic of (Jun 15) - Albania (Jun 15) - Gabon (Jun 15) - Malawi (Jun 15) - Sierra leone (Jun 15) - Rwanda (Jun 15) - South africa (Jun 15) - United kingdom (Jun 15) - Ghana (Jun 15)
Last year (2016):
Suriname (Jul 5) - Oman (Jul 5) - Pakistan (Jul 5, Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9, Jul 9, Jul 10) - Maldives (Jul 5) - Bangladesh (Jul 4, Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9) - South africa (Jul 6) - Sierra leone (Jul 5) - Guinea-bissau (Jul 5) - Nigeria (Jul 5, Jul 6) - Ghana (Jul 7) - East timor (Jul 5) - Iraq (Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Canada (Jul 6) - Sudan (Jul 5) - Chad (Jul 5) - Rwanda (Jul 5) - Albania (Jul 7) - Qatar (Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 8) - Macedonia, republic of (Jul 7) - Syria (Jul 5) - Turkmenistan (Jul 5) - Niger (Jul 5) - Kosovo (Jul 7) - Togo (Jul 5) - Bosnia and herzegovina (Jul 7) - Kuwait (Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Djibouti (Jul 5) - Uganda (Jul 5) - Central african republic (Jul 5) - Burkina faso (Jul 5) - Gambia (Jul 5) - Kenya (Jul 7) - South sudan (Jul 5) - Uzbekistan (Jul 5) - Argentina (Jul 6) - Afghanistan (Jul 5) - Indonesia (Jul 4, Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 7, Jul 8) - Trinidad and tobago (Jul 6) - Turkey (Jul 4, Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 8) - Jordan (Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9, Jul 10) - Australia (Jul 6) - Brunei (Jul 5) - United states (Jul 6) - Saudi arabia (Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 8) - Morocco (Jul 7, Jul 8) - Comoros (Jul 5, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Malawi (Jul 5) - Tanzania (Jul 7) - Sri lanka (Jul 7) - Gabon (Jul 5) - Mayotte (Jul 5) - Mali (Jul 5) - United arab emirates (Jul 6, Jul 9) - Bahrain (Jul 5, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Eritrea (Jul 5) - Cameroon (Jul 5) - Guinea (Jul 5) - Egypt (Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Tunisia (Jul 5) - Yemen (Jul 7, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Iran (Jul 6, Jul 7) - Mauritius (Jul 5) - Libya (Jul 5, Jul 8, Jul 9) - Somalia (Jul 5) - Tajikistan (Jul 5) - Algeria (Jul 5, Jul 8) - Mauritania (Jul 5) - United kingdom (Jul 6) - Ethiopia (Jul 7)