Date: 25 Jun – 28 Jun 2017
Category: Family, Community, Experiences, Lifestyle
Eid Al Fitr is expected to be celebrated on June 25 in most Muslim countries.
Muslims all over the world are going to host numerous celebrations for Eid, including prayers, feasts and parades. The date Eid will be observed this year depends on when Ramadan starts. The Islamic Crescent Observation Project (Icop) has said that astronomically Eid Al Fitr of Hijri year 1438 will be on Sunday, June 25 in most Muslim countries, considering that sighting of the moon is a precondition for the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
Marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr in Dubai is a celebrated time where the emirate is united and a sense of generosity and sharing is practiced. The entire city feels renewed and spirits are high with mini staycations, holiday offers, shopping sprees and of course, dining experiences. Friends and family will get together to celebrate, and theme parks and other entertainment attractions all experience record numbers of attendance.
This year, a lot is on offer for family-friendly activities and entertainment which will be seen in shopping malls. Kids will be delighted with appearances around town by cartoon characters such as the Powerpuff Girls, the Flinstones and the Roadrunner from Looney Tunes. Adults can feel excited with the chance to win big during Eidiyat holiday raffles, where with a spend of only AED200 they can enter a chance to win AED250,000 worth of prizes, plus win instant cash prizes and luxury gifts at participating malls throughout Dubai.
Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are the both celebrated festivals in Islam. Eid Al Fitr, or the ‘festival of breaking fast’, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawaal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The festival is observed by the 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe. The date for Eid Al Fitr is based on the lunar calendar. The celebration of Eid Al Fitr is subjected to the appearance of moon and that makes its observance differs from country to country. The process of the moon sighting begins on the 29th day of Ramadan. If the moon is sighted on the 29th, the next day is declared as Eid Al Fitr and the first day of the month of Shawaal.
Also, Eid Al Fitr may be observed after fasting 30 days of Ramadan. Fasting on the day of Eid is forbidden in Islam. Eid Al Fitr is observed during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast for 29 to 30 days from dawn to dusk. This is a month of worship and spiritual cleansing for Muslims. They not just refrain from eating and drinking but also stay away from any misdemeanour, sexual relations, bad language and sinful acts. Wide-ranging acts of charity are performed during the month. After a month of spiritual training and successful completion of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr is a day of celebration for Muslims. It is celebrated as a day of reward and victory for all those having devoted themselves to good deeds and worships during Ramadan.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has declared that Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on Saturday, 29th Ramadan (corresponding to June 24). Private sector holidays: The Ministry of Labour has declared that the Eid Al Fitr holiday, as an official paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE, will be on the first and second days of Shawwal.
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