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What and when is Eid-ul-Fitr?

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the highlights of the Islamic calendar, and is the first in a series of annual
celebrations for Muslims, marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. This year, it is due
to be celebrated by Muslims across the globe between the 23rd to 25th May (subject to the
sighting of the new moon).


The festivities usually start in the morning through the offering of congregational prayers hosted
in mosques or outdoor spaces. After prayers have been concluded, Muslims celebrate the rest
of the day in accordance with the diverse range of cultures and traditions as reflected across
the Muslim world. This is usually in the form of family visits, events in local parks or community
centres, days out at theme parks and other similar excursions. However, there is one element
that is common amongst all cultural festivities, which is the resumption of eating and drinking
during daylight hours which was forbidden during fasting. Note: Muslims are not permitted to
fast on Eid day itself, even if they have missed some fasts from Ramadan that still need to be
completed.


This year, due to Eid-ul-Fitr occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guidance provides
key considerations for NHS staff celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr.

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