Eid al-Fitr, observed across the Islamic world for two to three days after Ramadan, is a joyous occasion for families and friends. It signifies the end of fasting and serves as a time for expressing gratitude to God. Muslims gather for prayers, share meals, and exchange gifts, fostering a sense of unity and celebration.

This festival is not just a religious observance but also a symbol of renewal and forgiveness. Believers seek to purify their souls and start afresh, leaving behind past mistakes and embracing a new beginning. Through acts of worship and charity, they celebrate the blessings of Ramadan and look forward to a future filled with hope and spiritual growth.

As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, public holidays, and observances for welcoming and celebrating Eid al-Fitr 2024 in Egypt.    

Eid Mubarak! 

What are the Eid al-Fitr dates in Egypt for 2025?

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.

Eid al-Fitr in 2025 is expected to fall between Sunday, 30 March and Monday, 31 March, subject to the moon’s sighting. In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr is observed on the first and second days of Shawwal. Please note that dates may vary and are subject to change based on the moon’s sighting.

Eid al-Fitr 2025 Egypt holidays

Eid al-Fitr 2025 is designated as a holiday in Egypt, resulting in the closure of most schools and businesses during this time. The Eid al-Fitr holidays for the year 2025 have yet to be officially announced; however, based on the holidays for 2024, it can be anticipated that the Eid al-Fitr holidays will span three days, beginning on 30 March and concluding on 1 April.

How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated in Egypt?

Eid al-Fitr, known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” symbolizes a time of joy and gratitude, marking the end of Ramadan. In Egypt, this celebration blends religious devotion with communal festivities, creating a unique cultural experience.

As the crescent moon signals the start of Shawwal, Egyptians dress in their finest attire and gather in mosques and open spaces for the special Eid prayer. They express thankfulness and seek blessings amidst the melodious chants of “Takbeerat,” which resound with unity and piety. Following tradition, many break their fast with dates before heading to prayers, symbolizing the end of fasting.

Homes bustle with activity as families prepare traditional sweets like Kahk, Ghorayeba, and Biscuits, embellished with nuts and powdered sugar, to share with loved ones and neighbors.

Children, central to the festivities, eagerly anticipate Eidiyah, receiving gifts of money or toys while donning new clothes that symbolize renewal. The streets echo with laughter and greetings of “Eid Mubarak” and “Kol Sana Wenta Tayeb,” fostering a spirit of goodwill and happiness.

Charitable acts abound as people extend generosity to the less fortunate, strengthening social bonds and embodying forgiveness and compassion. Families spend the day enjoying various activities like visiting amusement parks, cruising the Nile, or picnicking in gardens, cherishing moments of togetherness.

As night falls, social gatherings ensue, filled with storytelling and the scent of festive dishes, encapsulating the essence of Eid’s celebration.


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