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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr 2019 and 2020

Eid Al Fitr is a public holiday in Qatar and is celebrated with much religious fervour and general merriment every year. The holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, which immediately follows the holy month of Ramadan.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 4 Jun to 6 Jun Tue to Thu Eid al-Fitr Holiday
2020 24 May to 26 May Sun to Tue Eid al-Fitr Holiday

The date of Eid Al Fitr changes from year to year on the Western calendar, and it is not official until the local sighting of a new moon.

Eid Al Fitr traditions in Qatar include wearing new clothes, attending communal prayer sessions at mosques or in outdoor prayer grounds, eating large, festive meals with family and friends, visiting various relatives and greeting them with “Eid Mubbarak!” (Blessed Eid!), giving the “zakat al-fitr,” a charitable duty that is often given in the form of food, and giving candy and other small gifts to children.

In Qatar, public sector employees can get up to 11 straight days off, including weekends, for Eid Al Fitr. Private sector workers are also off for extended periods of time, as are school children. Many Qataris travel outside the country on vacation this time of year, while others attend the numerous festive events organised in Qatar.

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