Eid al-Fitr in Uganda ― Date, History, and Details

Eid al-Fitr in Uganda

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History of Eid al-Fitr in Uganda and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This first day of Shawwal is a blessed day and Muslims are highly encouraged to fast on this day.

Eid al-Fitr in Uganda is celebrated with great fanfare. Muslims wake up early and offer special prayers at mosques or open-air prayer grounds. They then visit their friends and relatives, exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals together. Many people also donate money to charity on this day.

The celebrations of Eid al-Fitr can last anywhere from two to three days. On the first day of Eid, most people wear new clothes and attend the morning prayer service at a mosque. After the prayer service, they visit the graves of loved ones and make special du’as (prayers) for the departed souls. On the second and third days of Eid, people usually spend time with their families and friends, and participate in various festive activities.