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 for welcoming and celebrating Eid al-Fitr 2024 in Mauritius.
Eid al-Fitr in Mauritius dates and calendar 2024
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 2024 is expected to fall on Monday, April 8th or Tuesday, April 9th, subject to the sighting of the moon. In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr is observed on the 1st and 2nd day of Shawwal. Please note that dates may vary and are subject to change based on the sighting of the moon.
Eid al-Fitr 2024 in Mauritius public holiday
Eid al-Fitr 2024 is a public holiday in Mauritius. So, most schools and businesses are closed during public holidays.
Eid al-Fitr in Mauritius
All Mauritian Muslims celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm, which involves praying, donating alms to the poor, sharing food, and spending time with family and friends.
Many Muslims attend communal prayers, give charity in the form of food (Zakat al-Fitr) and listen to a sermon (locally known as khutba) during this festival, with prayers being held mostly outside or in locations with large areas, such as sports arenas.
In particular, 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.