Elder Anthony D. Perkins, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thanks Muslims around the world for their example during Ramadan. Ramadan is an annual worldwide event in Islam. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for a month. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also have a strong tradition of fasting, participating in a fast one day per month. (See this and more updates from the Church's Middle East Newroom.)

 

Eid Mubarak or (Arabic: عيد مبارك‎) is an Arabic term that means “Blessed Feast/festival”. The term is used by Arab Muslims, as well as Muslims all over the world. Internationally Muslims use it as a greeting for use on the festivals. In the social sense, people usually celebrate Eid al-Fitr after Ramadan and Eid al-Adha in the month of Dhul Hijjah (the 12th and final Islamic month). Some state that this exchange of greetings is a cultural tradition and not part of any religious obligation. (See Wikipedia)

The word 'Eid' means 'feast' or 'festival'. Each year Muslims celebrate both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha - but the names often get shortened to just 'Eid', which is why it can be confusing. Eid al-Fitr - which means 'festival of the breaking of the fast - is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, , a month when many adult Muslims fast. Eid al-Adha - which means 'feast of the sacrifice' - is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage. (See BBC newsround)

 

 

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