Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims in Rwanda with much religious fervour and general merriment.
|2022||3 May||Tue||Eid al-Fitr|
|2023||21 Apr||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
|2024||10 Apr||Wed||Eid al-Fitr|
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The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year. As months on the Islamic calendar are lunar months, the day begins when a committee declares that the moon has entered a new phase.
There are traditional prayers recited for Eid al-Fitr. These usually consist of two rakats (sections) and are recited either inside of a mosque or prayer hall or out in an open field. Prayers are offered right after dawn at the beginning of Shawwal.
Most Muslims in Rwanda feast on Eid al-Fitr. But even those too poor to afford their own meal usually get one because Muslims are supposed to give the “zakat al-fitr”, a gift to help the poor celebrate Eid, in the days before Eid-al-Fitr.
|2021||13 May||Thu||Eid al-Fitr|
|2020||24 May||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|25 May||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2019||4 Jun||Tue||Eid al-Fitr|
|2018||15 Jun||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
|2017||25 Jun||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|26 Jun||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|