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. As the moon is spotted in Saudi Arabia, we take a look at the religious celebration in more detail…
EPA Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid
When does Ramadan end and what time will the moon be visible in the UK??
The moon was visible from around 7.45pm this evening after it was sighted earlier in Saudi Arabia, signalling an end to the holy month.
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 Friday, June 15 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.