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There are two main Eid celebrations within the Islamic calendar: the first is Eid-ul-Fitr and the second is Eid-ul-Adha but both are equally important occasions. Eid ul-Fitr commences following the conclusion of Ramadan and is a festival that celebrates the breaking of the fast. Eid ul-Adha begins following the annual Hajj pilgrimage and celebrates the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah (SWT).

The Islamic calendar follows a lunar cycle, and as such, UK dates for key festivals like Eid ul-Fitr rotate by approximately 10 days each year and are subject to the official moon sighting. You can find the Eid dates for 2021 below.

When is Eid ul-Fitr 2021?

Eid ul-Fitr commences following the end of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal. 

Here in the UK, it is expected that Eid ul-Fitr 2021 will start in the evening of Wednesday 12th May after Ramadan and will conclude in the evening of Saturday 15th May. Please note, all dates are subject to the official moon. If you are unsure of exact dates and times, please consult your local imam.

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Eid ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan celebration

What is Eid ul-Fitr?

Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, traditionally over the first three days of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. The festival marks the end of Ramadan during which Muslims around the world fast for a full month. Fasting is prohibited during Eid ul-Fitr and family, friends, loved ones and the local community all come together to rejoice, enjoy good food and exchange gifts.

What Does Eid Mean?

In Arabic, Eid ul-Fitr translates to “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is a very important date in the Islamic Calendar. Throughout the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset, abstaining from food and drink as well as any impure thoughts or actions, including smoking and chewing gum. The month is spent connecting spiritually with Allah (SWT) through prayer, worship and studying the Qur’an.

In celebration of a successful Ramadan, the festival of Eid ul-Fitr is a time for enjoying food and spending time with loved ones, family and friends. Fasting is not permitted during Eid ul-Fitr.

Why is Eid Celebrated?

All Muslims look forward to and enjoy the celebration of Eid ul Fitr. While it is a time for food and festivities with loved ones, there are also important acts that must take place, in accordance with Allah (SWT).

Firstly, the dawn prayer – Fajr – is performed, followed by ritual cleansing or ablution – ghusl – as a means of purifying the body. After this, the whole family prepares for the day ahead.


Traditionally, people wear new clothes although some simply opt for their finest outfit instead. The family then heads to the local mosque for congregational worship and to pay Zakat ul-Fitr, also known as Fitrana. This is obligatory for all Muslims, regardless of age, but the head of the household can make payments on behalf of dependants. Eid ul-Fitr charity donations must be paid before Eid prayers, as these are distributed amongst the neediest to ensure that they can join in the Eid celebrations.

Once the communal celebrations are over, families and their loved ones head home for a celebratory feast together and traditionally, gifts or money are exchanged, especially to children and the younger family members.

Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations | India 2014

Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2021 with UK Islamic Mission

The festival of Eid ul-Fitr is a very happy time of year for Muslims and although it is for family, friends and loved ones, it is also about ensuring the wider community are able to enjoy the festivities too.

If you are looking to pay your Zakat or make Fitrana donations to help your brothers and sisters around the world, please do so with UK Islamic Mission this year. May Allah (SWT) accept it from us, Ameen.

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