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Eid al Fitr

eid-al-fitrIf you have recently moved to Dubai this may have been your first Ramadan and now first Eid so you may be asking the question “what is Eid al Fitr?”

Eid al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al Fitr is a time for special prayers, a time to congratulate each other, exchange gifts and donate Zakat al Fitr (charity donation). After prayers the day is typically spent visiting friends and family and enjoying time together.  Just like many other religious festivities throughout the world homes are cleaned, much cooking is undertaken and new outfits are bought for this special celebration.  

In Dubai, Eid is declared after the official sighting of the new moon, marking the end of Ramadan.  A Public holiday is then declared and offices will be shut for a few days. Many residents take advantage of this short holiday to get away on vacation.  In Dubai celebrations usually include spectacular firework displays throughout the city.

Remember the greeting during Eid is Eid Mubarak

There is another Eid called Eid al Adha which will take place mid October (approx 4th October)

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