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 Qatar.
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.
For Eid al-Fitr 2021, the Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has announced that Thursday, May 13, 2021, is the first day of the blessed Eid Al Fitr in Qatar.
Eid al-Fitr in Qatar
The people of Qatar celebrate Eid-al-Fitr for three days after fasting a month in the holy month of Ramadan. Though Eid may be celebrated differently in separate parts of the world, the day typically begins with a special Eid prayer held after the early morning prayers when the sun is out. It is crucial to give Zakat-ul-Fitr before the Eid prayers, giving alms to those in need.
After the prayers, Muslims often visit friends and family bearing gifts and goodwill and may also get together over a meal.
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.
Eid-al-Fitr means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’ and is a time of rejoicing and celebrating. Festive lanterns and lights come alive all over cities where Eid is celebrated with zeal and fervor. Everyone wears new clothes, visits friends and family, enjoys special Eid foods and sweets, traditional Qatari dishes such as machboos, ghuzi, balalat, um ali, and exchange gifts as part of the Eid tradition.
Eid Prayer safety measures
In light of the pandemic, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has outlined a series of preventive measures to keep everyone safe in light of the pandemic.
Those attending the Eid prayer must continue to wear their face masks for the duration of the worship both in mosques or designated prayer grounds.
Worshippers should bring their own prayer mats and observe the social distancing of one and a half meters at all times. Worshippers are also required to produce their green status by way of the Ehteraz app prior to entering the mosque or prayer ground. Children under 12 years of age will be not be permitted to attend the prayer.
Handshakes and hugs will not be allowed and worshippers are encouraged to avoid crowding after performing the prayer. Women prayer areas in mosques and prayer grounds will be closed.