What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims the world over fast from dawn to sunset. It means Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, and is considered to be a time for gratitude, forgiveness and for making amends.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

Like RamadanEid al-Fitr begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon, which means that the dates vary slightly from year to year and from country to country, depending on geographical location.

In 2020, Eid celebrations will begin in the evening of Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th May. Traditionally, these celebrations last for three days.

How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

Muslims across the world begin Eid celebrations by taking part in communal prayers, followed by a short sermon soon after dawn. Following the prayers, families and friends gather together to share celebratory meals and give gifts to their children.

Eid al-Fitr is also known as 'sweet Eid' and each country has its own traditional sweet treats which are prepared especially for the celebrations. A popular choice amongst Afghans are Goash-E-Feel, which translates as elephant's ears - a name given because of the shape and size of these crispy sweet pastries.

There is an abundant variety of local customs and traditions across Afghanistan, with different games played, food eaten and ways of celebrating, making this a joyful and happy holiday. In Afghanistan, it is said that "Eid belongs to the children", with many families holding special festivities for their children on the first night.

Celebrating Eid during COVID-19

Many of our staff members are navigating Ramadan and then Eid this year during social distancing and lock-down. We spoke to a member of staff from our Head Office in Kabul, to find out how she will be celebrating Eid this year at home with her family.

"Eid will be very different this year because I don’t think we will be able to go to our relatives' houses to celebrate and nobody will come to our house either. I am planning to make some Afghan desserts like firni, goash-e-feel and some cookies for my family during the Eid days, and I will enjoy Eid by listening to some retro Afghan music. My advice for those observing Ramadan and Eid this year is to not forget those who are in need.

You can find her recipes in our handy online recipe book:

firni  goash-e-feel  ab-e-dandon 

How will you be celebrating? Got any family recipes you'd like to share? Get in touch and let us know - we'd love to hear from you. 

Eid Mubarak!

The most popular greeting during Eid is "Eid Mubarak", which translates as Blessed Eid. And with that, we'd like to wish a joyful and blessed Eid al-Fitr to all friends and readers!

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