- Difference between Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr
- How is it celebrated?
- Eid Al Fitr 2020 UAE dates
As we approach the end of Ramadan 2020, Muslims across the world are gearing up to celebrate the special occasion of Eid Al Fitr. In the UAE, Eid Al Fitr has always been celebrated by spending time with family and friends, celebrating with a feast and engaging in spiritual pursuits. If this is your first Eid in the UAE, here’s a helpful guide on what Eid Al Fitr is and how this occasion is celebrated across the country.
WHAT IS EID AL FITR?
Eid Al Fitr, also known as the ‘Festival of Breaking Fast’ is an important Islamic festival that marks the end of of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is observed by Muslims during the first three days of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The dates for the Eid Al Fitr holidays in the UAE usually fall between 29th day of Ramadan and the third day of Shawwal. However, depending on the visibility of the moon, it can also begin on the 30th day of Ramadan.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EID AL FITR AND EID AL ADHA?
Eid Al Fitr is the first of the two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan when Muslims fast and practice abstinence to spiritually enrich themselves.
Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is the second Eid celebration in the Islamic calendar. It honours Prophet Ibrahims’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, in accordance with Allah’s will. Muslims mark the occasion by sacrificing an animal, usually a sheep, goat or cow. This is also one of the last steps of Hajj, the obligatory Islamic pilgrimage, performed in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The dates for Eid Al Adha fall on the 10th day of Dhul Al Hijjah, which is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
HOW DO RESIDENTS AND EXPATS CELEBRATE EID AL FITR IN THE UAE?
Muslims celebrate Eid Al Fitr across the world by observing prayers and visiting friends and family. Exchanging gifts and donating to charity is also a major part of this celebration.
Another important tradition of this occasion is Zakat Al Fitr. It’s separate from Zakat, which is a religious obligation, where Muslims who meet the necessary criteria are required to donate a certain portion of their wealth each year to charitable causes.
Zakat Al Fitr is typically given a few days before Eid (before Eid prayers at the latest) to the needy. The head of the family pays Zakat Al Fitr for each family member, under their care.
Residents in the UAE, celebrate the holiday in a similar way. It’s an occasion that’s highly awaited by both Muslim as well as non-Muslim residents and expats in the country.
Eid day in the UAE is a public holiday for both government and private-sector employees. It is one of the most anticipated UAE holidays because residents get to enjoy a quality time with their friends and family, enjoy the many activities for Eid Al Fitr in Dubai and visit loved ones. If the dates coincide with a weekend, residents can sometimes get a five to six-day long weekend and make travel plans.
In previous years, travelling out of town was one of the most popular activities for Eid ul Fitr in Dubai! However, for those who prefer to celebrate locally, there are usually plenty of exciting things to do in each emirate as well. The main highlight of Eid celebrations in Dubai is the fireworks display that takes place across the city’s popular districts. Malls in the city also feature unbeatable discounts across their stores.
This time, with the unprecedented challenges that society is facing, Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated in a different way. The pandemic has brought about significant changes to everyone’s lifestyles, but residents across the UAE are keeping the spirit alive by opting to celebrate Eid Al Fitr at home with family.
WHEN IS EID AL FITR IN UAE?
Eid Al Fitr 2020 is expected to fall on Sunday, May 24 (Shawwal 1), with the holidays expected to go on until Tuesday, May 26 (Shawwal 3). However, these dates for Eid Al Fitr in Dubai 2020 are subject to change as per the moon sighting.
The government has already confirmed that the Eid holidays for the public sector. This will start from Ramadan 29, which is expected to fall on Friday, 22 May and will carry on until Shawaal 3, which is expected to fall on Tuesday, May 26. While we wait for the news for the private sector, take the time out to enjoy the last few days of Ramadan by savouring these amazing home-delivered iftar deals in Dubai. You can even try out the restaurants delivering suhoor in Dubai.
How will you be celebrating Eid ul Fitr 2020 in the UAE? Let us know in the comments section! If you need some fun ideas to make your Eid celebration special, here are some festive Eid decoration ideas for your home.