Islam’s Eid al-Fitr: Most auspicious Muslim festival

More than a billion Muslims around the world on June 5, 2019, celebrated the annual Eid al-Fitr, Islam’s most auspicious festival marking the end of the month-long Ramadan.

CELEBRATING EID AL- FITR. The Tamano family celebrates the end of Ramadan as they partake of food inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Wednesday (June 5, 2019). Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month and is observed with an early morning prayer in mosques and open-air spaces and feasts. (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

The festival, celebrated after 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting during the entire month of Ramadan, is a time when Muslims renew their covenant with Allah.

After a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection, Muslim families gather in large congregations for an Eid prayer to express gratitude to Allah for having been able to perform their personal sacrifices.

In the Philippines, Muslim Filipinos comprise about 6 percent of the population.

Honoring them and the country’s Islamic heritage, the government in 2002 established Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act 9177 and Presidential Proclamation 1083.

The first national commemoration of Eid al-Fitr was in December 2002, observed with an Eid prayer and a feast.

This year, the celebration of Eid al-Fitr fell on June 5. The holiday is determined by the use of the lunar-based Islamic calendar through the sighting of the crescent moon in the Islamic month of Shawwal. (PNA)

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