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When is Eid 2017 in India?

Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 09:51 IST
Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi
Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi(HT File Photo)

Muslims observe the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Ramzan or Ramadan, as the holy month of fasting. The month is observed with unique rituals.

Ramzan commemorates Prophet Mohammad’s first revelation of the holy book of Quran. This year the month of Ramzan began in India on May 28.

During the month-long event, practising Muslims observe roza, which is abstinence from food and water, from dawn till dusk and break their fast in the evening with a meal called Iftar. Iftar fare includes food, exclusively prepared for the occasion. Organised either within one’s home or in a public space, it is a time for grand eating and merrymaking.

Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan and the beginning of the next month, Shawwal.

Eid begins when the first new moon is seen in the sky. This year in India, Eid is expected to begin on Sunday evening, June 25, and end on Monday evening, June 26. Depending on the sighting of the moon, the dates for Eid can vary across the world and change from year to year.

On the day of the festival, worshippers wake up early and offer Salat ul-Fajr (daily prayers). People wear new clothes and eat sewayi. After breakfast, they go to the mosque to offer Eid prayers, Salat al-Eid.

Eid celebrations often go on for three days.