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Sugar Festival 2021 as a religious highlight: Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims have a big festival. It is one of the religious highlights of the year of the believers. But what does the Muslim holiday have to do with sugar?

After a month of fasting, Ramadan comes to an end for Muslims around the world - with a three-day festival.

What is the sugar festival?

With the celebration of the breaking of the fast (Eid al-Fitr), Muslims worldwide end the fasting month of Ramadan. It is also called Ramadan festival and lasts two to three days depending on the country and region. It will be in Turkish tooSugar festival (Şeker Bayramı) because children are given sweets.

When do Muslims celebrate the Sugar Festival?

The beginning of the festival varies from year to year as it depends on the phases of the moon. In 2021, Muslims will celebrate the Sugar Festival from May 13th to 15th. Because the date for Ramadan is calculated according to the lunar calendar, the time for the sugar festival is also shifted every year.

yearPeriod
Sugar Festival 2021May 13th to 15th
Sugar Festival 2022May 2nd to 4th
Sugar Festival 2023April 21-23
Sugar Festival 2024April 9-11

What is the meaning of the sugar festival?

The sugar festival, along with the festival of sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), is one of the most important festivities in Islam. Believers ask Allah to acknowledge their prayers and efforts during Ramadan and to forgive mistakes.

With the Sugar Festival, Muslims express their joy that they have mastered the hardships of the fasting month of Ramadan. The month of fasting is officially over and Muslims are allowed to eat again in daylight.

Sugar Festival: With visits to relatives, fireworks and fairs, many Muslims celebrate the festival of the breaking of the fast (Eid al-Fitr). (Source: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa)

How do Muslim families celebrate the Sugar Festival?

An important religious duty at the Sugar Festival is the festive prayer on the morning of the first day of the festival. In addition, the faithful dress festively and meet in the mosque to pray together. After the prayers, many Muslims make donations (zakat) that benefit needy members of the community.

Then Muslims send out congratulations on the Sugar Festival: They send SMS greetings or postcards and wish them "Happy Oath". Because the Sugar Festival is a family festival, the holidays include visiting relatives.

Stacked fresh baklava: good food and lots of sweet things are part of the sugar festival. (Source: imagebroker / imago images)

The faithful celebrate the sugar festival with extensive feasts, which are allowed again in daylight after the month of fasting. In many places the faithful celebrate with light parades and folk festivals.

The festival of breaking the fast is not only celebrated by deeply religious people. Similar to Christmas in Christian culture, atheists also take part in the sugar festival celebrations.

You can find an overview of Ramadan in our photo show.

How do you wish a Muslim a happy sugar festival?

If you want to congratulate your Muslim friends or colleagues on the end of the month of fasting, you can simply join happy sugar festival to wish. Who his congratulations on Arabic want to align, can do that with "Eid Mubarak" to do.

Turkish You can believe with"Bayram mübarek olsun" make a pleasure. Translated it means roughly "I wish you a blessed celebration".

School-free: Sugar Festival as a holiday

In Islamic countries, authorities and shops are closed during the festive season, and students do not have to go to class. There are different regulations in Germany. Muslim students can take the first day of the Sugar Festival off in almost all federal states.

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