Happy Eid al-Fitr Wishes: 5 Greetings and Messages for Friends and Family

Ramadan is observed by Muslims every year to acknowledge Allah's revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

The ending of this month of fasting and spiritual reflection is marked by the world's 1.9 billion Muslims with the celebration Eid al-Fitr (also known as Eid ul-Fitr).

The holiday is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar.

Maswood Ahmed, a member of the Muslim Council of Britain, told the BBC: "Eid is a time of celebration after accomplishing one of the most important religious duties: fasting during the month of Ramadan."

Eid al-Fitr falls approximately 11 days earlier than the one the previous year when following the Gregorian calendar.

Traditional arabic lantern
Traditional arabic lantern during Eid al-Fitr. uslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Guschenkova/Getty Images

Eid al-Fitr Wishes, Greetings And Messages

Eid al-Fitr can be celebrated with friends and family wherever you are in the world, simply by sending messages such as the following via social media and text.

1. The most popular phrase used is "Eid Mubarak", which simply translates as "blessed feast or festival."

MEND said: "Like Ramadhan, Eid Mubarak – happy/blessed Eid can be said. 'Mubarak' or 'Mubrook' (Arabic) can be used, or any other language meaning blessed or happy."

2. The spokesperson added Muslims will traditionally greet one another by saying: "Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum"

They said: "This means 'May Allah accept [good deeds] from you and us' or 'May Allah accept [this worship] from you and us'."

3. "Kol 'Am Wa Antum Bekhair" is another common greeting, meaning: "May every year find you in good health" in Arabic."

4. "Asakum min uwadah" is another common phrase said during the festival, which translates to "May you successfully go on to witness many more Eids."

5. "Taqabal Allah minna wa minkum" is also commonly used to greet one another, translating to "May Allah accept from you and us" and is thought to concern with the satisfaction of Eid Al Fitr comes the hope all spiritual work achieved at this time will continue to pay dividends.

People pray as they gather for the sighting of the moon, ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Cape Town, South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

How is Eid-al-Fitr celebrated?

Eid-al-Fitr revolves around expressing gratitude, which often involves Muslims providing an obligatory payment to charity, in an act known as zakat al-Fit.

Aid agency Muslim Hands describes this one as a smaller donation compared with the usual 2.5 percent zakat wealthy Muslims are taxed, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The charity states: "The amount of Zakat al-Fitr is the value of one meal, which must be received by the person in need before the Eid prayer."

In addition to these payments, some Muslims take the initiative to work directly with those less fortunate than themselves and help people in need.

As with Eid-al-Adha, the joy of giving presents plays a major part of Eid celebrations.

Children receive eidia offerings in money bags, and delicious sugared delicacies are exchanged among loved ones, neighbors, colleagues, friends and even strangers.

According to Halifax Public Libraries, traditional foods depend on the region in which Ramadan is being celebrated.

Family members will also buy one another presents, although most of this custom is generally reserved only for the very youngest members of families.

Muslims are also known to dress in their finest clothes to attend their local mosque, where they participate in celebratory prayers.

Countries across the world hold huge events to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr in distinct ways.

Lavish firework displays are particularly popular in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as Muslims use the occasion to enjoy spending quality time in their communities.

Ramadan Kareem holiday table with dry fruits,
Ramadan Kareem holiday table with dry fruits, nuts, dates, baklava. Eid is traditionally celebrated across three days in Muslim majority countries happy_lark/Getty Images