Eid Al-Fitr is an Islamic festival celebrated amongst Muslims in Ethiopia and world-wide. It is a festival mainly of the breaking of the Ramadan Fast. It’s is also called the sugar feast or the sweet festival. The muslim faithful fast 29 or 30 days breaking it at the dawn of Eid Al-Fitr (depending on the moon sighting over Mecca) as mentioned in the Quran. This day has a particular way of Salatel or way of prayer and followers pay the Zakat and Fitra before offering their prayers. As the Salatel Eid is commanded to be prayed by the mass, Ethiopian muslims do so in most cities and towns, the most prominent one being the National Stadium of Addis Ababa. Eid al-fitr prayer in Ethiopia The day begins by cleansing oneself and getting ready for prayer of thanksgiving to Allah with a clear body and mind. Wearing new clothes is one of main themes of the festival, as well as paying Zakat (remembering the dead by giving money to the needy) and Fitra which is feeding the less able or the poor to break their fast.

After prayer or Salatel Eid, Ethiopian Muslims go back to their homes to celebrate by eating the delicacy prepared for the occasion followed by sweets and Khat. The day continues to be celebrated by Zeyira or visiting eachother to say Eid Mubārak.