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What does Eid Mubarak mean and is there a reply? The Muslim greeting said during Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr

It is a holy time of sacrifice and generosity to friends, family and the needy

MILLIONS of Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid this year as they take part in the “festival of the sacrifice”.

You may have heard some people using the phrase: “Eid Mubarak”, but what does the greeting translate as?Eid Mubarak or (Arabic: عيد مبارك‎) is a Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festivals of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Eid means “celebration”, and Mubarak means “blessed”. In the social sense, people usually celebrate Eid al-Fitr after Ramadan and Eid-al-Adha in the month of Dhul Haj (12th and Final Islamic month). Some state this exchange of greetings is a cultural tradition and not part of any religious obligation. However, it is only used during the celebration of the two Muslim holidays

 Children greet each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers which mark the end of Ramadan in Mumbai, India

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Children greet each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers which mark the end of Ramadan in Mumbai, India

What does Eid Mubarak mean?

Eid Mubarak is a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for the holy festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

“Eid” means “celebration” and “mubarak” means “blessed”.

The saying can be translated as “have a blessed holiday”.

Is there a reply?

It is then customary to reply “Khair Mubarak”.

This reciprocates their good wishes in the hope that they will also have a “blessed holiday.”

 Eid al-Adha is a four day religious festival celebrating forgiveness and sacrifice

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Eid al-Adha is a four day religious festival celebrating forgiveness and sacrifice

When is Eid al-Adha?

The celebration of Eid al-Adha begins in the evening on August 21, 2018 and end four days later on Saturday, August 25.

Eid-al-Fitr follows a month of fasting for Ramadan in June.

Eid celebrations continue for different lengths of time in different cultures.

 Two men hug in Baghdad, Iraq, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr

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Two men hug in Baghdad, Iraq, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr

In Qatar, for example, they celebrate for 11 days. While Oman enjoys a nine-day party.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha takes place on the 10th day of the 12th month and lasts for four days until the 13th day.

Muslims begin their celebrations with morning prayers, followed by food and exchanging of gifts with family and friends.

They also share their food and money with the poor so that they can celebrate too. 

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