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Eid al-Fitr
Community and Faith: Somalia's Warm and Welcoming Eid ul-Fitr. AI-generated image

Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, is a major celebration in Somalia. This joyous occasion begins with the sighting of the new moon, signaling the end of a month-long fast. Somalis gather in mosques and open fields for special prayers, known as Salat al-Eid, which are performed in large congregations. People dress in their best clothes, often newly purchased for the occasion. After the prayers, the day continues with visits to family and friends, where greetings of "Eid Mubarak" are exchanged, and gifts are given, especially to children. Traditional Somali sweets like "halwa" and "buskud" (cookies) are prepared, adding to the festive spirit.

One of the central aspects of Eid al-Fitr in Somalia is the sense of community and charity. Before the Eid prayer, Muslims give "Zakat al-Fitr," a mandatory form of charity, to those in need, ensuring that everyone can participate in the celebrations. The day is filled with communal meals where dishes like "bariis" (rice), "hilib" (meat), and various stews are shared among family and friends. Homes are decorated, and the atmosphere is filled with laughter and joy. The spirit of Eid al-Fitr in Somalia embodies gratitude, generosity, and the strengthening of social bonds, making it a cherished and vibrant holiday.

Eid al-Fitr Observances

Friday April 21 2023 Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday
Wednesday April 10 2024 Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday
Monday March 31 2025 Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
Tuesday April 01 2025 Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday

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