In Thailand, Eid Al Fitr is an official holiday even though only four to five percent of the population is Muslim. The dates are based on the Islamic Calendar, and the date moves forward by 10 or 11 days each year on the Gregorian Calendar.
|2020||24 May||Sun||End of Ramadan *|
|2021||13 May||Thu||End of Ramadan *|
|2022||2 May||Mon||End of Ramadan *|
|2023||21 Apr||Fri||End of Ramadan *|
|2024||10 Apr||Wed||End of Ramadan *|
Note: End of Ramadan is observed in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun provinces only.
Eid al Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month that follows the fasting and prayer month of Ramadan, which is called Shawwal. No one is supposed to fast on the first of Shawwal according to Islamic law. By contrast, during Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset on every day of the month.
The main events on Eid Al Fitr are prayer sessions and sermons at mosques and other locations where Muslims are accustomed to gather for services. There are also big feasts and much jubilation in private homes, and everyone is supposed to be happy and fill themselves to the brim with tasty delicacies. It is customary to give food to the poor this time of year if they cannot afford their own feast.