EID al-Fitr is an important Muslim religious holiday celebrated around the world marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
The celebration marks the conclusion of the 29-30 days of dawn to sunset fasting during the month – the exact date varies as it is based on the lunar cycle and depends on when the new moon is spotted.
EPA Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid
When will the new moon be spotted in the UK?
It is expected to be just before 7.45pm today in the UK.
Eid al-Fitr lasts for three days and is also referred to as the breaking of the fast following Ramadan.
Eid kickstarts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.
Families traditionally gather together to mark the start of Eid with a lavish meal.
Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family.
EPA Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community say prayers at a mosque in India
When is Eid al-Fitr 2018?
This year, Eid starts on Thursday, June 14 and marks the start of a month of celebration.
The dates can be adjusted slightly nearer the time due to lunar sightings and changes each year.
This is because the Islamic calendar – known as the Umm al-Qura calendar – is based on the moon’s cycle, whereas the Gregorian one is determined by the sun.
As the two don’t align, the Islamic dates move back by 11 days each year.