Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Kosovo with much religious fervour and general merriment. The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
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|3 May||Tue||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2023||21 Apr||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
|2024||10 Apr||Wed||Eid al-Fitr|
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The Muslim Albanians of Kosovo constitute a majority, making Kosovo one of the only predominantly Muslim areas of Europe. Here, celebrating Eid al-Fitr is a major event.
Many in Kosovo meet at the famous Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in the capital city of Pristina for Eid al-Fitr prayers and a sermon. Others meet at other local mosques throughout the country. There are distinct units of the prayers called rakats, and the mood is very formal and traditional.
It is also traditional to greet one another with an “Eid Mubarak”, meaning “Blessed Eid!” The traditional response is “Khair Mubarak!”, meaning “May You Yourself Be Blessed!”
After services, people head home for the sumptuous Eid meal. Giving the charitable food-gift of “Zakat Al Fitr” to those too poor to buy their own feast is also a part of the celebration.
|2021||13 May||Thu||Eid al-Fitr|
|2020||24 May||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|25 May||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2019||4 Jun||Tue||Eid al-Fitr|
|2018||15 Jun||Fri||Eid al-Fitr|
|2017||25 Jun||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|26 Jun||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|