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Eid Al Fitr 2024 – All You Need to Know

With Ramadan fast-approaching in the Middle East, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming religious event, and a possible 9-day break.

The anticipation for the upcoming Ramadan and Eid al Fitr holidays in the UAE is building, with an astronomer’s predictions indicating that Ramadan is set to begin on Monday, March 11th, 2024. According to the calculations, the Eid al Fitr break is expected to span from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3 on the Islamic Calendar, corresponding to Monday, April 8th, to Friday, April 12th, 2024, in the Gregorian calendar.

For those with a standard Saturday and Sunday weekend, this could translate into an extended nine-day break, resuming work on Monday, April 15th. However, it’s important to note that these dates are subject to confirmation based on the sighting of the moon and will be officially announced by UAE authorities closer to the time.

As the Islamic Calendar follows lunar months, the exact dates in the Gregorian calendar hinge on the crescent moon sighting. If the moon is not sighted, and Ramadan lasts for 30 days, the Eid al Fitr break could be a slightly shorter six days, from Tuesday, April 9, to Monday, April 15, 2024. The excitement is palpable as individuals eagerly await official announcements to plan and make the most of this potentially extended holiday period.

Eid al Fitr, also known as the ‘Festival of Breaking of the Fast,’ stands as one of the two official holidays celebrated in Islam. This joyous occasion holds global significance among Muslims, symbolising the conclusion of Ramadan.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, forming the foundation of the religion. These pillars serve as the guiding principles for Muslims, and Ramadan, considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar, holds a special place among them.

During this sacred month, Muslims engage in acts of prayer, reflection, and religious devotion. Fasting from dawn to sunset is not only a physical discipline but also a spiritual endeavour. It is a time for believers to purify their hearts, seek forgiveness for past sins, and strengthen their connection with Allah. Through acts of charity, kindness, and good deeds, individuals aim to deepen their understanding of Islamic principles and live in accordance with the teachings of the faith. The culmination of Ramadan in the celebration of Eid al Fitr is a momentous event that brings communities together in joy, gratitude, and communal festivities.

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