EVERY year millions of Muslims around the UK and across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
The date of the religious observance changes annually, as it is based on the lunar calendar. Here’s everything you need to know about it…
Getty Images Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the start of Shawwal which is a month of celebration
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting that started on May 16 and finishes on June 14.
It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast.
It kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.
The celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014.
Getty Images This year, Eid starts on Thursday, June 14, with the Shawwal month ending around a month later
During Eid, Muslims will often purchase new clothes for the occasion, and take part in festivals and celebrations.
Many will wake up early to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue.
Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family.
Eid means “celebration” and Mubarak means “blessed”, often Eid Mubarak is used as a greeting over this period.
Alamy It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and many Muslims will feast to celebrate
When is Eid al-Fitr 2018?
This year, Eid starts on Thursday, June 14, and finishes the following day.
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 around 11 days each year.