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Everything you need to know about 2020 Eid al-Fitr

Here is a feature on what you may not know about one of the most auspicious days for Muslims and non-Muslims who celebrate it.

Eid al-Fitr marks the ending of the holy month of Ramadan and starts this weekend across the globe with coronavirus overshadowing social gatherings.

While this year around we all need to celebrate Eid al-Fitr- the fast breaking holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan-in a pandemic, the happiness and sense of achievement are with us just like the previous years.

Eid is announced at the beginning of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar called Shawwal and is determined when moonsighting occurs in various countries.

On Eid day, large meals are distributed with people visiting the houses of relatives and friends. However, for this year, social distancing has made next to impossible.

Many Muslim countries have either called off the Eid prayer and social gatherings.

Eid comes after Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid to show thankfulness to Allah for allowing them to do their fasting. They take this month as an opportunity to repent to God and wipe the salt clean.

Such occasion marks the month in which the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed and that is one of the reasons why this month is important.

Regardless of the stay-at-home order and social distancing, people are eagerly waiting for Eid as they can say Eid greetings over the phone or messaging apps.

In different countries, people say greetings for Eid based on their mother tongues. Below are some variations of Eid greetings:

‘Eid Mubarak’ (Have a blessed Eid)

‘Eid Saeed’(Happy Eid)

Eid-e ton Mubarak (Happy your Eid) used in Iran

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Happy the occasion ) used in Malaysia and some other South Asian countries

Perhaps you can share with us, how would you say the greetings for Eid al-Fitr in your native language?