The Saudi Supreme Court has called on all Muslims throughout Saudi Arabia to sight the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Monday evening. This will signal the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the start of Eid Al-Fitr, or Festival of Breaking the Fast.
The start of Eid Al-Fitr, the first of two Eids celebrated by Muslims, has not yet been confirmed because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based and the date will vary depending on the moon.
Some Muslims liken the day to “the Muslim version of Christmas.” The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during Ramadan.
The holiday begins with a greeting: either “Eid Mubarak” which can be translated to “have a blessed holiday.”
In most Muslim countries, the three days of Eid are observed as public and school holidays. This is not the case in the U.S., but many employers and schools allow time off for Muslim workers and children – particularly in areas with a high Muslim population.
This year Ramadan began on the evening of Sunday May 5, which means Eid Al-Fitr is expected to begin on Tuesday, June 4. If the moon is not seen, the next day will be Ramadan 30 and Eid will begin on Wednesday.