After a month of fasting and prayers, Muslims is all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The market is also geared with best outfits for the joyous occasion or shopping for food items for special dishes on Eid and gift shops.
This year, Ramadan began on May 27 and will last until Saturday, June 24, in accordance with the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia.
During Eid, Muslims wear new clothes, takes part in the early morning prayers held at mosque or outdoor prayer venue.
This year, Eid will start on Sunday June 25 and marks the start of a month of celebration. They also exchange gifts and cards among family and friends.
The dates can be adjusted slightly nearer the time due to lunar sightings and changes each year.
This is because the Islamic calendar – known as the Umm al-Qura calendar – is based on the moon’s cycle, whereas the Gregorian one is determined by the sun.
As the two don’t align, the Islamic dates move back by 11 days each year.