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Eid al-Fitr 2016 in US likely to fall on July 6

WASHINGTON: Eid al-Fitr (also known as Id al-Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr), the religious festival of Muslims, which is celebrated on first of Shawwal, according to Hijri calendar, is likely to fall on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.

Though Eid al-Fitr is not the public holiday in the USA, however, many Islamic businesses and organizations alter their work hours during Eid celebrations. Only, the New York City schools observe a public holiday on Eid.

What Do People Do on Eid al-Fitr?

Just like any Muslim country, people in the United States wake up early and perform Namaz e Eid either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque, in their finest clothes, specially designed (or prepared) for the occasion.

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Muslims embrace each other after the prayers, congratulating of Eid. They decorate their houses, cook special dishes, sweets.

The beauty of Islam is that even on this happy-go-busy day, Muslims do not forget their poor brothers and distribute alms (Fitrah) among them.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.

Eid al-Fitr Observances

Note: According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.