Eid al-Fitr will take place this weekend, marking the end of the month of Ramadan. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims have undertaken a month of fasting, and so Eid is celebrated with lavish meals and sweet treats.
Eid will take place either on today, on Sunday, May 24, after the crescent moon was not spotted on Friday.
The crescent moon signifies the beginning of the new month, and so will mean the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal – and also of Eid al-Fitr.
This Eid may feel strange for many, as the usual traditions of attending mosque, visiting friends and family and sharing gifts are restricted under lockdown rules.
Mosques are closed, and social gatherings banned, meaning many celebrations and prayers have turned online this holiday.
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Eid 2020: Greetings and how to respond to Eid Mubarak
With video calling apps like HouseParty, Zoom and even FaceTime, Muslims can still share the holy day with friends and family virtually.
Cards, gifts and food can be sent via delivery services, with a range of items available.
How to reply to Eid Mubarak
The traditional greeting during Eid is Eid Mubarak, with Muslims traditionally hugging each other three times after saying it.
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Eid is an Arabic word for a festival or celebration, while Mubarak translates to mean blessed.
This means the phrase Eid Mubarak means Happy Eid, or have a blessed holiday.
Eid Mubarak is often said at the end of a longer greeting, for example:
May God give you the happiness of heaven above. Happy Eid Mubarak To You All.
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May this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone. Eid Mubarak!
May the blessings of Allah fill your life with happiness and open all the doors of success now and always. Eid Mubarak!
May Allah blessings be with you today, tomorrow and always. Eid Mubarak!
To reply to Eid Mubarak, the polite response is Khair Mubarak.
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Khair in Arabic means goodness and so this then wishes goodwill on the person who greeted you.
Another response could be to say Jazak Allah Khair which means May Allah reward you with goodness.
More greetings for Eid al Fitr are
May the New Moon bring energy and positivity into your life
May the festival of breaking the fast put all the magic of love and happiness together
May the holy month of the revelation of Quran usher upon you peace, happiness and prosperity! Eid Mubarak
Eid Mubarak to you and your family. May the guidance and blessings of Allah be with you and your family!
With all the love, blessings, and peace on this joyous day. Happy Eid al-Fitr