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6/9/2016
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr translates as the 'festival of breaking the fast' – and is the name given to one of the most important religious festivals in the Muslim calendar.

Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the month of Shawwal, and every year, millions of Muslims throughout the world join in this vibrant, exciting and joyous celebration. But the way in which these celebrations take shape differs from each country to the next.

A time for celebration
Having spent 29 or 30 days fasting (this time being dependant on the state of the moon), Muslims see Eid al-Fitr as a time to celebrate. Across the globe, friends and family members are reunited as the streets come alive with the sound of musical instruments, fireworks and prayer – a truly special time.

New clothes and haircuts are a must-have for Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, and everyone, young and old alike, make a special effort to look their best. Money is often given to the poor during this charitable time, while shops, banks and everyday workspaces are closed down for three and a half days to allow time for people to pray, celebrate and rest.

Just like Christian countries differ when it comes to celebrating Christmas, Muslim countries differ in their approach to Eid al-Fitr. From Indonesia to the United Arab Emirates, there is always a new celebration to try each and every year – so why not pack your bags and explore one of the countries below?

Turkey's sweet tooth
Known as Seker Bayrami, or 'sugar feast', Turkey's post-Ramadan celebrations are particularly lavish – its Muslim citizens enjoy a whole host of sweet treats!

Across the country, local schools, offices and banks see their doors close for three days as distant relatives travel hundreds of miles to reunite with their loved ones. Everywhere, transport links buzz with the sound of activity and entire cities become gigantic sweet shops – it really is a wonderful time for any traveller who can't help indulge their sweet tooth.

Sweets

Eid holidays in Jakarta
For travellers who wish to experience an Eid like no other, an Eid al-Fitr package from Kempinski could provide the perfect option.

Jakarta – a city that comes alive during this special time of year – is the perfect place to sample something a little different. Each year, thousands of men perform prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting at Sunda Kelapa port. It truly is a sight to behold, whether you are there to pray or simply observe.

Current deals include complimentary breakfast and welcome amenities – not to mention the discounted rate you will be entitled to, if you choose to stay at the luxurious Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta for a minimum of two nights, from 3 to 10 July 2016.

Fireworks in Dubai
As anyone who has ever been to Dubai can tell you, this city doesn't do things by half measures – especially when it comes to celebrating Eid al-Fitr. While the city's malls play host to a wealth of entertainment – including live music and food stalls – the creek area of the city puts on one of the finest firework displays in the Middle East. This display is perfect when viewed from the top of one of the city's many towers.

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel to stay during your trip to Dubai, then look no further than the five-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai. Comprising 393 rooms and suites that include stunning Aspen Chalets that overlook the indoor ski slopes of Ski Dubai, you will be able to watch the fireworks from the luxury of your own room – or the lounge bar, Noir – once the sun goes down.

For more information on other Eid al-Fitr events occurring at your chosen Kempinski locations, please contact us.

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