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Eid ul-Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr 2020, 2021 and 2022

Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated in Pakistan 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
202025 MayMonEid ul-Fitr
26 MayTueEid ul-Fitr Holiday
27 MayWedEid ul-Fitr Holiday
202113 MayThuEid ul-Fitr
14 MayFriEid ul-Fitr Holiday
15 MaySatEid ul-Fitr Holiday
20223 MayTueEid ul-Fitr
4 MayWedEid ul-Fitr Holiday
5 MayThuEid ul-Fitr Holiday
202322 AprSatEid ul-Fitr
23 AprSunEid ul-Fitr Holiday
24 AprMonEid ul-Fitr Holiday
202410 AprWedEid ul-Fitr
11 AprThuEid ul-Fitr Holiday
12 AprFriEid ul-Fitr Holiday

Although the festivity lasts for three days, it is mostly the early part of the first day that is focused on religious activities at a local mosque or prayer ground. Traditionally, it’s the men alone who go to say their Eid prayers at the dawning of Eid ul-Fitr.

Much of the rest of the holiday is centred around food and fellowship. The zakat al-fitr is a food-gift that Muslims are required to give to the poor this time of year. And everyone cooks up special meals at home and invites friends, neighbours, and relatives to partake.

There are thousands of prayer meetings for Eid, but the largest ones take place at the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad and the Liaquat Bagh Mosque in Rawalpindi. Additionally, there will be special speeches by government officials, special TV and radio programs, and Eid supplements added to newspapers. Gifts are given mostly to children, but Eid cards may be exchanged by all.