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Eid al Fitr 2018 Has the moon been sighted Getty Eid al Fitr lasts three days and is also known as the “Breaking of the fast” following Ramadan
Jeannette Daniel | 13 June, 2018, 22:03

A meal named the Suhoor is eaten before daybreak, and a meal called the Iftar will be partaken immediately after sunset.

In 2018, Ramadan will last from Wednesday 16 May until Thursday 14 June. Depending on when Eid begins, Shawwal 3 will either coincide with Sunday, June 17, or Monday, June 18.

Festivals in Islam are based on the lunar calendar, which is around 11 days shorter than the solar calendar - the calendar which most people in the world use in their day-to-day life.

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Eid ul-Fitr falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which is the only day in that month when Muslims are not permitted to fast.

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Charity is also expected of celebrating Muslims, who will be encouraged to donate a set amount of money to help the less fortunate afford their own clothes and food.

Muslims had particular trouble on longer days in 2016 when Ramadan coincided with the summer Solstice, resulting in the longest Ramadan for 33 years.

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Eid 2018 is nearly here and we couldn't be more excited.

When Eid arrives, the celebration marking the fact Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael to show submission to Allah, the fast is broken for another year. Many Muslims also recite the takbir, which is the declaration of faith, on their way to the prayer ground and take part in Zakat al-Fitr (charitable contributions).

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