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    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    What is Eid al Fitr 2017? Why we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr?

    Islamic year follows lunar calendar means the time between two consecutive moons is one Islamic month. There is another fascinating fact about Islamic dates that as date changes after 12 at night in a solar calendar in Islamic calendar date changes right after the sunset.

    When is Eid al-Fitr 2017?

    The holy month of Ramadan for the year 2017 will be starting right after when the sun will set on May 26, 2017. As the time zones also differ in middle east countries UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar from the time zone in India, it is likely to say that date for the Eid-al-Fitr will be one day after the Eid already have been celebrated in the middle east.
    Eid-al-Fitr 2017 date
    As the Ramadan will continue most expectedly the moon for the first time of Shawaal or Eid-al-Fitr will be seen on June 24, 2017.

    The USA has always been the country where Muslim communities are in considerable number. Muslims there are growing by hundreds each year, and by growing in numbers, they have also been started getting stronger economically and socially. 

    Eid celebrations like every year in 2017 will also be as beautiful, stunning and significant as it has always been particularly in New Jersey.


    Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the name of Eid-al-Fitr in Malaysia. "Suchas ketupat" and "lemang" are the locally made standard dishes in Malaysia. The households spend lots of time prepping them for the Eid day. The night before the Eid, the government authorities go out and see from telescopes whether the moon is visible or not. If the moon is visible, Eid is declared. 

    Unique dresses are worn on this occasion. For men, they are baju melayu and women wear the traditional baju kurung. It is a ritual to hold open house on this day so that any friends or family can come and see them. 


    The level of excitement is very high. During the last few days of Ramadan, shops and malls are filled with shoppers in the preparation of Eid. People buy multiple outfits along with matching accessories. Again food preparation begins several days ahead of Eid. Some of the famous dishes served on this occasion include Biryani, Kebabs, asshemi, payesh and doi.

    Seasonal variations across the world

    Ramadan is also called Ramzan is some Muslim communities and majorities where the native language is other than Arabic. As Ramadan word is Arabic-centric, some people find it easy to pronounce Ramzan. 

    Generally, summer season got its peak temperature during the months of June and July, but there are some parts of the world where the sun sets after only a short time period of maximum 4 or even in some countries after 3 hours. Leading towards the shortest time span of breaking the fast and again eating for it as a time for the Fajr prayer or sunrise reaches. 

    This year the shortest time span between Maghrib Prayer and Fajr Prayer will be in Denmark where Muslims will be fasting for straight 21 hours followed by Iceland, Sweden, and Norway where fasting will be of 20 hours. The longest time span between breaking the fast and the time of sunrise will be seen in Argentina where the total time of fasting will be lasting for 9 and half hours.

    How long is Eid-al-Fitr?

    The length of Eid-al-Fitr holidays is entirely upon the notification of the local government authorities in a country. Generally, in Muslim countries, a three-day long holiday is observed particularly in schools and other educational institutions. 

    However, trade centers and other private business offices may only observe two-day holiday for Eid.

    Significance of Fasting

    Fasting is not only a starvation of oneself from all the delicious food and drinks of the world. The goal of fasting is to realize the feelings, and pain of people who cannot have it all.

    The individuals who cannot afford to eat bellyful and hardly earn to eat only once a day. It is a way of giving thanks to Allah for the countless blessings we have from Him and to feel and help for the people who have not. Fasting did not start before sunrise when we stop eating.

    Fasting starts right from the moment when we intent or say our Niyyah by saying Sawm Niyyah Dua. Fasting ends in the similar way of saying fast breaking Dua and thanking Allah that he enables us to not only fast but breaking in with all the blessings and food with our family.

    Fasting Obligations and non-Obligation

    Fasting is a must on every Muslim regardless of their gender. Any Muslim boy or girl will start fasting after the age of 11. Every Muslim with good health (not having any disease which will require eating every two or three hours I,e Diabetic Patients, Pregnant Women), will fast during the month of Ramzan. 

    Anyone who is traveling for long distance can also skip fasting but if he/she desires then fasting can be observed. Fasting is not only stopped eating, but it's also the purification of mind, body, and soul.

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