When is Eid Al-Fitr 2023 in Saudi Arabia?
In case you’re wondering…
Ramadan 2023 officially began on Thursday March 23, which will be followed by Eid Al-Fitr 2023 in Saudi Arabia.
It will be the first Eid holiday of the year, the second one being Eid Al-Adha. While the official date will be determined by the moon sighting committee, Eid Al-Fitr 2023 is expected to fall on Friday, April 21.
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What is Eid Al-Fitr?
Also known as the Festival of Sweets, the holiday marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
Eid Al-Fitr also marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal as it falls on the first day of Shawwal.
The holiday is distinguished by a particular prayer that consists of two rakats (parts) which will only be performed in congregation and features additional seven takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar).
If you’re wondering how many days off that might mean, we’ve got your back. Eid Al-Fitr 2023 is from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3, which on the Gregorian calendar will likely correspond to Friday, April 21 to Monday, April 24. This, however, is dependent on the sighting of the moon. Officials will announce the date closer to the time.
If the dates for Eid Al-Fitr are confirmed as mentioned above, that will mean a long weekend in April. The next holiday after Eid Al-Fitr will be Arafat Day and is expected to be on Tuesday June 27.
Confirmed dates for Eid Al-Fitr will only be announced by the relevant moon sighting authorities so keep an eye out on What’s On Saudi Arabia for the latest announcements.
For more information please visit: hrsd.gov.sa