Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Western Sahara 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.
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|3 May||Tue||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2023||21 Apr||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
|22 Apr||Sat||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2024||10 Apr||Wed||Eid al-Fitr|
|11 Apr||Thu||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
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Western Sahara is a very controversial region, being occupied by Morocco but claimed as independent by many. But one thing both sides have in common is being Muslim and celebrating Eid al-Fitr in grand style.
The most important Eid in Islam is Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, but “the other Eid” is easily the second most important holiday to Muslims. Eid al-Fitr means “feast of breaking the fast” and occurs on the first day after the month-long fast of Ramadan.
Many in Western Sahara will attend morning prayers, share a meal at home with family and friends, visit or greet distant relatives, and give gifts to the poor for Eid al-Fitr. Many in coastal regions will get out to the beaches for Eid if it lands in a warm, sunny part of the year. As the date of Eid moves by 11 days each year, it being based on a lunar calendar, the season in which Eid lands will vary.
|2021||13 May||Thu||Eid al-Fitr|
|14 May||Fri||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2020||24 May||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|25 May||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2019||4 Jun||Tue||Eid al-Fitr|
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|2018||15 Jun||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
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|2017||25 Jun||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|26 Jun||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|