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 Kuwait.
Eid al-Fitr dates and calendar 2021
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 the cover of night. Should the crescent moon not be spotted, Ramadan continues for another day.
This year, Eid al-Fitr in Kuwait is expected to be upon us starting from the evening of 12 May and will last until the evening of 13 May 2021.
Eid al-Fitr in Kuwait
Eid al-Fitr in Kuwait is quite similar to those in other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The bulk of the celebration has traditionally been observed revolving around the Eid prayer and the subsequent family gatherings.
Kuwaitis usually start Eid immediately following the pre-dawn prayer with a light breakfast consisting of sweets and dates. This is to signify that Eid has definitely arrived and that Muslims will absolutely not fast on this day.
Come early morning, Muslims don their finest clothing and visit the local masjid to attend the Eid prayer and meet with their neighbors.
After the obligation has been fulfilled, families gather at their homes and offer Eid blessings while giving and asking for forgiveness from one another. This is the essence of Eid for many people; a time where people start anew and families reaffirm the love they have for each other.
Muslims also typically clean and decorate their houses to welcome relatives and friends who may wish to visit their homes. Typically, a feast is held with everyone aiming to be the most generous of hosts by serving generous amounts of festive food and beverages.