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Eid al-Fitr is a special day among families and friends throughout the Islamic world. This two-to-three-day festival takes place immediately following the end of the month of Ramadan and is the most significant and joyous observance of the Islamic faith. 

In essence, Eid al-Fitr presents the faithful with the opportunity to thank God for having been granted the strength and conviction to complete the obligatory fast and obey His commandments during the holy month of Ramadan. By having done so, Muslims rejoice in returning to a state of fitra (innocence/purity), having been pardoned of all their transgressions, thus starting life anew.

As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, public holidays, and observances in welcoming and celebrating Eid al-Fitr 2021 in Bangladesh.    

Eid Mubarak! 

Eid al-Fitr dates and calendar 2021

The Islamic calendar is lunar and based on the moon’s sighting compared to the Gregorian calendar, a solar calendar. Determining the date of the Eid al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the crescent moon (a day after the new moon).

As such, the process of determining the date of the Eid al-Fitr can only be performed under cover of the night. Should the crescent moon not be spotted, Ramadan continues for another day. 

This year, Eid al-Fitr in Bangladesh is expected to be upon us on 13 May 2021.

Eid al-Fitr in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a place of racial harmony, and people of different religions live here with peace and harmony. Despite being a Muslim majority country, the joy and happiness of Eid are spread amongst all citizens of the country, regardless of their religion.

Children are incredibly excited as they have come to associate Eid al-Fitr with generous sums of gifts and feasts. It’s typical for adults to congratulate the little ones by distributing sweets, gifts, and small sums of money to express the holiday’s joy.

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Preparations for celebrating Eid begins days before the day as everyone becomes busy buying new clothes for the festival. They treat themselves, their friends, and families.

Muslims keep anger, sex, senses and emotions, illusions, and jealousy under restraint. For this reason, the word ‘fitr’ is used in the sense of victory also. One week before the Eid festival, people start going to their respective hometowns and villages from Dhaka to meet relatives and celebrate the festival.