Eid In India

Eid ul Fitr Calendar
Date Year Name
July 17 2015 Eid ul Fitr
July 7 2016 Eid ul Fitr
June 26 2017 Eid ul Fitr
June 15 2018 Eid ul Fitr
June 5 2019 Eid ul Fitr
May 24 2020 Eid ul Fitr
May 13 2021 Eid ul Fitr
May 3 2022 Eid ul Fitr
April 22 2023 Eid ul Fitr
April 10 2024 Eid ul Fitr
March 31 2025 Eid ul Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr - 'Festival of the Breaking of the Fast'


According to the Islamic tradition, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar marks the revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad by their Almighty. It is a month of soul searching and rigorous fasting for the Muslims all around the world. Through the practice of abstinence from evil, and self sacrifice, the Muslims refocus their attention towards Allah, meaning God. Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of the Islam, and constitutes Sawm, meaning fasting and self control, and also includes Zakat, i.e. giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and the underprivileged.

Eid ul-Fitr in Arabic means the ‘festival of the breaking of the fast'. The month long fasting called roza ends with the festival of Eid ul Fitr, symbolic of a reward in the form of blessings from Allah, for their dedication towards the stringent rules of fasting.

Eid-ul-Fitr In India

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Eid in India

Islam is the second-largest religion in India, making up 14.88% of the country's population. Islam was introduced to India in 12th century AD, and the interaction with the Indian culture has resulted in a mutually enriching experience. Moreover, the Muslims residing in the North, and the South differ culturally, and thus it has added another dimension to the religion of Islam and also the celebrations of their festivals. Projecting brotherhood and the quality of unity in diversity, today the festival of Eid is celebrated with great fervour across the country by not only the Muslims, but also other religious sects join in to celebrate.

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Prayers & Celebrations in India

  • The day begins early with Muslims from all the nearby areas converging to allocated places in open areas like fields, community centres, or mosques. Here they offer namaz together and attend communal prayers known as the Khutba, meaning sermon.

  • Zakat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam is normally practiced during Ramadan, where the Muslims participate in pious activities of charity and donate 2.5% of their savings to the poor. It is called the Zakat al Fitr, charity in the form of food, a ration consisting of barley, dates, raisins or wheat flour, or its monetary equivalent. Those who have not been able to give Zakat ul Fitr during Ramadan, do it on the day of Eid ul Fitr.

  • Eid ul Fitr marks the blessing of God Bestowed upon the Muslims and is thus a day for great festivities. People wear new clothes, and greet each other with Eid Mubarak immediately after the sighting of the new moon. The new moon is referred to as Eid ka Chand.

  • Muslims visit friends and relatives and hold family gatherings.

  • Eid also is symbolic of the social connotation of communal harmony among people of different religions, sharing love and respect for each other.

  • In 2016 Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on 6th July, 2016.

Prayers & Celebrations in India

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Feast in India

Scrumptious and luscious dishes are cooked on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr. It includes mouth watering gourmet dishes like

  • Badami Gosht : Meat cooked with almonds

  • Badam Phirni : A sweet dish prepared with milk with a smooth, rich and creamy taste.

  • Nawabi Biryani: Rice cooked with meat and a liberal amount of raisins.

  • Haleem: Minced mutton slow cooked in a clay over over a period of 2-3 days.

  • Mutton Korma: A rich and spicy meat curry.

  • Seviyan: A sweet dish that is made from vermicelli and milk.

  • Sheer Korma: Meaning sweetened milk with dates, this is the festive breakfast of Muslims on Eid.

  • Sufi Malpua: Pancakes in sugar syrup.

Feast in India

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