Eid el Fitr in Egypt ― Date, History, and Details
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History of Eid el Fitr in Egypt and How to Celebrate/ Observe It
Eid el 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 also the first day of the Islamic calendar.
Eid el Fitr in Egypt is celebrated with much fanfare and joy. Families wake up early and dress in their finest clothes to offer special prayers at mosques or outdoor prayer grounds. After prayers, they visit relatives and friends, exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals together. Many people also donate to charity on this day.
In Cairo, Eid prayers are held at the famous al-Azhar Mosque. After prayers, people throng the streets, greeting each other with “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid). There is a carnival-like atmosphere as people shop for new clothes, visit amusement parks and eat out at restaurants.
The holiday continues for three days and many families travel out of town to enjoy the long weekend.