Eid gifts & ideas 2020
When is Eid 2020?
The festival of Eid al-Fitr begins at sunset on the last night of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Eid 2020 is on Sunday 24 May, though Muslims begin a holiday on the sunset of the previous day, so it will technically begin at sunset on Saturday 23 May. The date of Eid al-Fitr is the same every year according to the Islamic calendar, meaning that the date changes according to the Gregorian calendar. Eid 2021 will be Thursday 13 May.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a religious day of celebration, family and food at the end of the Islamic fast, Ramadan. Muslim communities wear their best clothes, gather for traditionally structured prayers and greet each other with the words “Eid Mubarak” (happy holiday). Then families and friends gather to eat breakfast and exchange gifts. Throughout the day the celebrations continue with traditional foods from people’s native countries.
Eid is also a day of charity. “Eidi” or “eidia” is a gift given for Eid to family or friends, traditionally of money but these days including toys, jewellery, clothing and other material gifts. Some people would have donated to charity throughout Ramadan but many donate at the end before prayers, especially to charities for children, orphans and families in need.