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Eid al-Fitr
Somalia

Eid al-Fitr 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Somalia

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Somalia with much religious fervour and general merriment. 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MayThuEid al-Fitr
14 MayFriEid al-Fitr Holiday *
20223 MayTueEid al-Fitr
4 MayWedEid al-Fitr Holiday *
202322 AprSatEid al-Fitr
23 AprSunEid al-Fitr Holiday *
202410 AprWedEid al-Fitr
11 AprThuEid al-Fitr Holiday *
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Note: Eid al-Fitr Holiday is observed in Somaliland only.

As over 99 percent of the Somali population identify as Muslim, almost everyone here takes part in Ramadan fasting and Eid celebrations.

Eid is a welcome break after the rigorous fast of Ramadan. It is a time to indulge in all kinds of delicious dishes and in festive “halva” sweets. Halva originated in the Middle East and is a confectionary bar that includes an array of spices and sometimes peanuts. It is normally only served at Eid or at weddings. Somali biscuits, basmati rice, and a host of dishes are also enjoyed this time of year.

In Mogadishu and other coastal cities of Somalia, Eid is a popular time to head to the beaches to swim, sun oneself, or have a picnic on the sand.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202024 MaySunEid al-Fitr
25 MayMonEid al-Fitr Holiday *
20195 JunWedEid al-Fitr
6 JunThuEid al-Fitr Holiday *
201815 JunFriEid al-Fitr
16 JunSatEid al-Fitr Holiday *
201726 JunMonEid al-Fitr
27 JunTueEid al-Fitr Holiday *