Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are two religious festivals celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. Now, Eid Al Adha is the Eid or festival of sacrifice, whereas Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadhan – a month of fasting and prayers. Then, Eid Al Fitr 2021 is celebrated on the first three days of Shawal, the tenth Islamic month. During these celebrations, Muslims spend time with their family and friends, exchange gifts, and prepare delicious meals.
Traditions of Eid Al Fitr
- Salaat al-Eid – On the first day of Eid, Muslims perform communal prayer known as Salaat al-Eid. For Salat al-Eid, Muslims gather in the mosques or open spaces to perform two units of prayer. There is no audible call to prayer.
1.§ Imam’s Sermon – A sermon by Imam follows this prayer in which the message of mercy, brotherhood, forgiveness, and peace is delivered for everyone across the world.
2.§ Zakat al Fitr – Another key part of the Eid celebration is giving Zakat al Fitr to the poor that signifies togetherness, unity, and care among the whole Muslim community.
3.§ Greetings – “Eid Mubarak” is the most common phrase used by Muslims to greet each other, which means “have a blessed festival”. The traditional response to “Eid Mubarak” is “Khair Mubarak,” which is wishing goodness on the person who greeted you.
Let us have a look at Eid AL Fitr holidays and prayer time in the UAE
Eid Al Fitr Holidays
Eid Al Fitr is a public holiday. The private sector, public sector, schools, offices, and general businesses remain closed to mark Eid from 29 Ramadhan to 3 Shawal as per the Islamic calendar. Only emergency services or essential services office remain open these days but for a limited time. Employes are also entitled to leave.
Dubai Tram, Dubai Metro, and bus services start their services later in the day. Parking is also free at most public car parks. Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announces all relevant details few days before Eid.
Most of the UAE shopping malls extend their shopping malls before Eid and remain busier than usual.
Tentative date of Eid Al Fitr 2021 is May 13. The exact date depends upon the moon sighting and could vary. The United Emirates Moon Sighting Committee confirms the moon sighting in the UAE. An announcement of this auspicious festival is made on social media and local newspapers (Khaleej Times, Gulf News).
Eid al Fitr 2021 holidays are likely to be observed from May 11, Tuesday to May 15, Saturday, subject to moon sighting in the UAE.
Prayer Timing 2021
The prayer time of Eid Al Fitr 2021 slightly differs in all Arab Emirates. Following is the Eid Al Fitr prayer time in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
Emirates Prayer Time:
Dubai 5: 43
Sharjah 5: 41
Abu Dhabi 5: 48
Ajman 5: 42
Al Ain 5: 42
Umm Al Quwain 5: 39
Ras Al Khaimah 5: 38
Fujairah 5: 37
The accurate time of Salat Al-Eid starts almost 15 minutes after the sunrise and lasts until 15 minutes before Dhuhr time. Our guide to prayer timings for UAE and Eid Al Fitr traditions will surely help you make most of this blessed day along with your family and friends.
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