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 Saudi Arabia.
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 Saudi Arabia is expected to be upon us starting from the evening of 12 May until the evening of 13 May 2021.
Eid al-Fitr in Saudi Arabia
As the first and foremost Islamic holiday, Eid al-Fitr is a joyful and momentous occasion celebrated by all walks of life in Saudi Arabia.
Early in the morning, the men don their finest clothes and make their way to the masjid where countless Muslims amass for the Eid prayer. Tradition dictates that everyone must first avail themselves to a light breakfast before going to prayer to signify the completion of the fasting month. After the prayer, the faithful visit their relatives and friends to present their Eid vows. Indeed, people pay subsequent visits to one another and wish everyone, Eid Mubarak.
Children in particular are particularly 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 as an expression of the joy of the holiday.
Throughout the country, people prepare their abodes for the festivities by putting up decorations and arranging holiday lighting to properly receive guests. Joy and happiness prevail in all regions of the Kingdom, as the country immerses itself in the grand celebration.