What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting. Eid is also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", it is celebrated by millions Muslims around the world.
When is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr (Eid) begins as soon as the crescent of the new moon appears in the sky. The exact date is determined by astronomical calculation and varies per location, or is based on actual observation of the moon – then Eid is celebrated the next day. In 2021, Eid will probably fall on Thursday, May 13th.
The Eid celebrations begin the morning after the new moon is sighted. People dress in their most festive outfits to attend prayers at the mosque. There they pray and congratulate each other on the end of Ramadan, greeting one another with “Eid Mubarak” (blessed celebration).
After the service, the celebration really gets started. Relatives and friends gather together, bringing special food with them. All kinds of sweet treats are an important part of the festivities and children are given money or gifts.
A new tradition: Secret Eid gift exchange
A great way to add extra joy to celebrating the end of Ramadan is to draw names for a gift exchange, this is also called a Secret Eid gift exchange. It is similar to Secret Santa, where families and friends draw names to surprise each other with gifts at Christmas. Secret Eid works the same way, except it’s celebrated during Eid al-Fitr.
Secret Eid gift exchange rules
Celebrate Eid with family and friends, and give each other gifts. Invite as many friends and family members as you want, the more the merrier. Are you interested in organising a Secret Eid gift exchange? This is how it works:
1. Click on the Start drawing names button below and enter the names of the people you want to invite.
2. Set your exclusions: who shouldn’t draw who for Secret Eid?
3. Set a budget and gift exchange date for your Secret Eid gift exchange.
Start drawing names
Celebrating Eid from a distance?
If you can’t get together with your family or friends during Eid, Lootjestrekken.nl can help! Just draw names and celebrate Eid from a distance. Each Eid gift exchange invitee can submit a postal address, so you can send each other presents by post!
We wish you a happy Ramadan and a wonderful Eid. Eid Mubarak!