Eid al-Fitr is one of the major Muslim holidays celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, following the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Muslims worldwide commemorate this day. “Eid al-Fitr” means “feast of breaking the fast” because it marks the end of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

Eid al-Fitr sermon in Medicine Hat
Imam Emad Salih delivering the 2022 Eid sermon to the Medicine Hat Muslim community

Muslims are not allowed to fast on this day, and the celebration lasts three days. It is a time for Muslims to come together, exchange greetings, visit their families, and strengthen ties with loved ones. This is known in Arabic as “Sila-tul-Rahim.” Muslims also perform Eid prayers in the morning after sunrise, typically followed by a sermon.

Eid al-Fitr is also the last day to pay Zakat al-Fitr, a charity given to the poor and needy, before the Eid prayer. Muslims break their fast by eating dates or sweet treats like Eid cookies stuffed with dates. The day reminds Muslims of Allah’s blessings and mercy and encourages Muslims to be generous and kind to others, especially those less fortunate.

When will Eid al-Fitr take place in Canada?

Muslim communities worldwide, including Canada, are preparing for Eid al-Fitr on Friday, April 21, which marks the end of Ramadan. A new moon sighting on Thursday evening signals the beginning of Eid celebrations.