Ramadan started on April 12 this year (Picture: Getty Images)
Both festivals mark important dates in the Islamic calendar, and both have unique significance – they are both often referred to as just Eid.
There are quite a few differences between the two festivals, with both marking different signifcant events.
What is the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?
Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (Pictures: Getty Images)
Eid al-Fitr means ‘festival of the breaking of the fast ‘– it is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the month during which many adult Muslims fast.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated just over two months later – it means ‘feast of the sacrifice’ and takes place at the same time as many Muslims perform the Haji pilgrimage.
This is a five-day journey takes people to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is the holiest city in Islam – all Muslims who are able have to complete Hajj at least once in their life.
What happens during Eid-al Fitr?
Families often celebrate Eid festivals by presenting gifts to each other (Pictures: Getty Images)
Eid al-Fitr will generally be celebrated with meals across communities, where everyone will wear their best clothes, feast together as a family, give each other presents and visit the graves of deceased relatives.
it is sometimes referred to as the Sugar Feast, alluding to the fact that many Muslims will indulge in some sweet treats after their fasting.
Because one of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving to charity – Zakat –those celebrating will also mark the festival by giving to charity and helping out others.
How is Eid-al Adha celebrated?
The dates of both Eid festivals are determined by the Islamic lunar caldendar (Picture: Getty ImageS)
Similarly, families will often wear their best clothes and gather together with to feast and celebrate during Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Adha 2021 starts on the evening of 19 July and ends on Friday 23 July.
The festival revolves around the story of Allah appearing to Ibrahim in a dream and asking him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of his faith.
Traditionally, Muslims sacrifice animals during Eid-al Adha – in Britain this is done in a slaughterhouse, and the meat is divided up among friends, family and donated to those in need.
The dates for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are determined by the Islamic lunar calendar, meaning that like Easter, they will always take place at a slightly different time of the year.
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