When is Eid al-Fitr 2022? This Is Why the Muslim Holiday's Date Changes Every Year – Woman's Day

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Eid al-Fitr always takes place on the first day of the tenth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Fitr is an Islamic holiday observed by over 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. There are two main Islamic holidays per lunar year, and Eid al-Fitr is the first of the two. If you’re wondering, « When is Eid al-Fitr? » don’t worry. The date of Eid al-Fitr can cause confusion if you’re unfamiliar with the lunar calendar.
Muslim holidays follow a fully lunar calendar, called the Hijri calendar. The Hijri calendar, also called the Islamic calendar, calculates the amount of time the moon takes to go through each of its phases. There are 12 months per lunar year, but only about 354 days — approximately 11 days less than a solar year. Every Hijri month is either 29 or 30 days long, though scientifically each month has a mean period of 29.53059 days.
The lunar Hijri calendar is different from solar and lunisolar calendars because it doesn’t have leap years. Solar calendars have an extra day added in during leap years and lunisolar calendars typically have a thirteenth month added in during leap years to keep the moon phases consistent with seasons.
The Hijri calendar always has 12 months in accordance with the Quran verse: « Indeed the number of months in the sight of God are 12, so ordained by God since the day He Created the heavens and the earth… » (9:36).
For this reason, lunar calendar months aren’t tied down to seasons. Although holidays on solar and lunisolar calendars occur in the same season every year, Muslim holidays can be enjoyed in all four seasons over the course of some 40 years.
Eid al-Fitr always takes place on the first day of Shawwal, which is the name of the tenth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated until Shawwal 3rd. So, Eid al-Fitr always takes place 10/1–10/3 of the Hijri calendar.
When corresponded to the Gregorian solar calendar, Eid al-Fitr is expected to begin Monday, May 2, 2022 in North America. It’s a three-day holiday, running until Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (inclusive).
On the lunar Hijri calendar, the date is the same each year. It’s only on the Gregorian solar calendar that Eid al-Fitr is celebrated approximately 10-11 days earlier than the previous year. This makes it « a movable feast. »
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri calendar. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is observed to become mindful of God. After putting in the hard work of patience and penitence, the month is finished off with optimism. Muslims end with a good opinion of God that the past year’s sins are forgiven, good deeds multiplied and their prayers heard and answered — so it’s a reason to celebrate!
Eid al-Fitr on the solar calendar takes place about 10-11 days earlier every subsequent year. This means that the first day of Eid al-Fitr in future years is expected to be Friday, April 21, 2023, Wednesday, April 10th, 2024, and Sunday, March 30, 2025.


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