Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr starting today marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Also called Eid-Al-Fitr, this year, it is being celebrated today and tomorrow in different parts of the world according to the moon sighting.
It is the first of two Eids of the Islamic (lunar) calendar year. It rounds off the month of Ramadan, which Muslims observe every year to acknowledge Allah’s revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
According to research, the exact date is never certain far in advance, as religious authorities in various countries rely on the sighting of the Eid crescent moon to announce when it will officially begin. It can be delayed by a day if the sky is too bright when the moon is out, or if clouds obstruct it. Because of this there are variations of when the day is observed.
Statistics Canada states that about 3.2%, of the Canadian population is Muslim, making Islam the second largest religion in the country after Christianity. This year the celebrations will continue to look and feel different due to the raging pandemic across the country. However, we hope to share the spirit of the holy month through caring and compassion.
The Immigrant Life wishes a happy, healthy and prosperous Eid to the Muslim community in Canada and everyone celebrating.
Happy Eid Ul-Fitr!