As Ramadan ends, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Because these religious events are based on the sighting of the crescent moon, their dates change from year to year. The crescent moon usually appears one night after the new moon, which is when the moon is completely blacked out. Because the crescent moon can be sighted on different nights around the globe, Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are celebrated on different days in various countries.
Once the crescent moon appears, Ramadan begins one night later. Ramadan is a month of fasting that lasts from dawn until sunset. The next crescent moon that appears after Ramadan ends signals Eid al-Fitr will begin.
In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr means “Feast of breaking the fast,” and it means the end to the daily fasting. Families and communities come together to feast and celebrate. This three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr is sometimes called “Sweet Eid” because of all the treats to eat.
To read more about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, here’s a book list:
Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices
By S. K. Ali, Aisha Saeed, Sara Alfageeh
By Fawzia Gilani
Eid Al-Fitr (Festivals Around the World)
By Grace Jones
Sadiq and the Ramadan Gift
By Siman Nuurali (Author), Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr with Praying, Fasting, and Charity
by Deborah Heiligman
Husna and the Eid Party
By Fawzia Gilani-Williams
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story
By Hena Khan, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
A Party in Ramadan
By Asma Mobin-Uddin (Author), Laura Jacobsen (Illustrator)
The White Nights of Ramadan
By Maha Addasi (Author), Ned Gannon (Illustrator)
Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle
By Reza Jalali
By Susan Douglass (Author), Jeni Reeves (Illustrator)
The Story of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Ramadan Classics: 30 Stories for 30 Nights
By Humera Malik
By Betsy Richardson
What date does Eid el-Fitr fall on for you this year? What will you do to celebrate? We hope you’ll also share your favorite books about Eid el-Fitr and Ramadan.