6 Awesome Eid Facts
See how many of these facts you know about this important festival!
It's one of the most important events of the Islamic year - but how much do you know about Eid? There's a little more to it than you might think - do you know what the name means, or how people usually celebrate? Find out here! For more, have a go at our Eid quiz, then learn some fun facts about Ramadan and have a go at our Ramadan quiz!
1. It means “Festival of Sweets”!
Its full name is Eid al-Fitr (sometimes spelled Eid ul-Fitr). This is because it comes at the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting during the day for healthy adult Muslims. Usually kids and people with health issues (e.g. diabetics, or pregnant women) don't fast, or they don't fast as strictly. After a month of fasting, everyone's ready for a feast!
2. The date depends on the moon
Eid happens on the evening of the first new moon (that’s when the crescent moon first appears at the beginning of the month). If the moon can’t be seen (because it’s cloudy or the sky is too bright), then Eid is celebrated the next day!
3. It lasts for three days
For these three days people decorate their homes, visit family, eat special food, put on their best clothes, and give gifts! It also involves prayers, but no more fasting - it is forbidden to fast on Eid!
4. It was started by the Prophet Muhammed
In the Qur’an it is written that Muhammed received his first revelation during Ramadan. When he arrived in Medina from Mecca, he saw people celebrating and remarked that God had fixed two days of festivity - one would be Eid al-Fitr, and the other would be Eid al-Adha.
5. There are two Eids
"Eid" means "festival" in Arabic. The other most important festival in the Muslim calendar is Eid al-Adha, which means "festival of sacrifice". This usually happens over the summer, unlike Eid al-Fitr, which happens in the spring.
6. It has lots of names all over the world
Islam is a massive religion, with nearly 2 billion followers across the world. That also means lots of people who speak different languages have their own names for Eid! In Indonesia it's called Lebaran, in Turkish it's called Ramazan Bayrami, and in several African countries it's called Karamar Sallah.