Here’s what you need to know about Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s biggest holidays

Updated 9:49 AM EDT, Mon June 3, 2019
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More than one billion Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, as the month-long Ramadan fast ends and the festivities begin.

A woman prays in a park during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Manila, Philippines in 2018.
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A woman prays in a park during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Manila, Philippines in 2018.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

One of the most important days for Muslims, this is the “festival of breaking the fast.”

Families and friends gather to mark the end of Ramadan and show gratitude to Allah. Eid al-Fitr doesn’t have any historical links; instead, the celebrations focus on the community and family, and a spirit of generosity is encouraged.

Eid al-Fitr doesn’t have any historical links; instead, the celebrations focus on the community and family, and a spirit of generosity is encouraged.

Worshippers in London celebrate by cutting a cake in 2018 as Ramadan ends and Eid al-Fitr begins.
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Worshippers in London celebrate by cutting a cake in 2018 as Ramadan ends and Eid al-Fitr begins.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

The holiday is set by Islam’s lunar calendar and depends on the sighting of the new moon. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced this year’s Eid al-Fitr would begin on Monday, according to state-run Saudi News Agency. Some countries celebrate it a day later. Ramadan and Eid do not fall on the same date each year for the same reason. Time-zones also impact when Eid begins.

Once Eid starts, the celebrations can last for up to three days in most countries.

Muslims congregate in a square in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Muslims congregate in a square in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How to celebrate Eid?

During the day, Muslims gather in large open spaces or mosques for special prayers, called Salat al-Eid, usually followed by a small breakfast, their first daytime meal in a month.

Gifts are usually exchanged, and alms-giving is also a common practice. Another custom involves donning new clothes for the new day, which marks a spiritual renewal.

Food is an important part of Eid al-Fitr, as feasting takes the place of fasting. After a month of the latter, delicacies and heavy foods will reign at the lavish dinners being prepared.

CNN’s Matt Rehbein and Lyric Lewin contributed to this report.