Eid Mubarak 2022: meaning of Eid al-Fitr greeting, and other messages to wish someone a happy Eid

Eid al-Fitr begins once Ramadan is finished - but what do you say when the time arises?

Eid is one of two official festivals in the Islamic Calendar, when Muslims around the world celebrate by gift-giving and spending time with their loved ones.

The two Eids, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, also hold religious significance.

With Ramadan predicted to end on 2 May or 3 May 2022, Muslims will start to prepare for Eid al-Fitr, the festival celebrating the end of the fasting period.

But what is the meaning of Eid Mubarak, and are there other terms to wish someone a happy Eid?

Here’s what you need to know.

Thai Muslims release hundred of balloons after a morning prayer marking the start of the Islamic feast of Eid al-fitr

What does Eid Mubarak mean?

Eid Mubarak is an Arabic term directly translating to "Blessed feast/festival".

The phrase is mostly used by Arab Muslims but has quickly gained momentum as the term is synonymous with both Eids.

Internationally, the term is used as a greeting during the festivals, being exchanged as part of a cultural tradition rather than a religious obligation.

Is Eid Mubarak said internationally? 

People across the UK will recognise the term Eid Mubarak as a social greeting for the day, however, different countries and cultures also have their variations.

A girl blows bubbles during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England.

Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia

Bosnian and Serbian Muslims also say "Bajram Šerif mubarek olsun" which means "Blessed celebration of Bajram" Bajram meaning Eid. In response, Muslims will say: "Allah Razi Olsun".

Turkey

For Turkish Muslims, the term "Eid Mubarak" is not used, and instead, they say "Bayramınız Kutlu olsun" ("May your Eid be blessed"), "İyi Bayramlar" ("Good Eid days"), and "Bayramınız mübarek olsun" ("May your Eid be blessed").

South Asia

People in South Asia say Eid Mubarak, and sahek hands and hug three times, followed by another handshake after the Salat al Eid (Eid prayers).

However, Urdu speakers reply to Eid Mubarak with "Kahir Mubarak", meaning "same to you" and "Āp ko Bhi Eid Mubarak" (Eid Mubarak to you as well").

Pashto speakers say: "akhtar de Mubarak sha" meaning "may your festival be blessed".

In Bangladesh, people also use the term Eid Mubarak, and may also say: "Eider Shubhechchha" meaning "Eid’s Greetings".

Southeast Asia

In Malay speaking countries such as Malasyia, Brunei and Singapore, Muslims use the expression: "Selamat Hari Raya" or "Selamat Idul Fitri" (in Indonesian) or "Salam Aidilfitri" (in Malay).

This expression is usually accompanied by "Minal Aidin Wal Faizin", an Arab sentence meaning "May we be sacred one more time and succeed in our fasting".

The Philippines, which recognises Eid as a legal holiday, use both Eid Mubarak and the Malay term. For Eid al-Fitr, they say: "Salamat Hariraya Puwasa" and for Eid al-Adha they say: "Salamat Hariraya Hadji".

Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan

Persian speakers say "Eid-e shoma mobarak" or "Eid mobarak".

West Africa

In the Hausa language, people say "Barka da Sallah", translating to "blessed Eid prayers".

In Bambara, the language of Mali, people say "Sambe-Sambe".

Ghanian Muslims say: "Ni ti yuun’ Palli" meaning "Happy new Eid season" and the Hausa greeting is used too.

Latin America and Spain

The expression "Feliz Eid" is used, meaning "Happy Eid".

Albania

Albania is a Muslim-majority country also celebrating Eid. “Gëzuar Fiter Bajramin’” which translates to “Happy Fiter Bajram”.

Turkish Muslims offer Eid al Fitr prayers as they mark the first day of the Eid al-Fitr at Fatih Sultan Mosque on July 5, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

How to give Eid Mubarak wishes 

Depending on the culture and Eid, you can wish someone a happy Eid in different ways with the phrases listed above.

However, many Muslims recognise the term Eid Mubarak - which is a great thing to say if you want to express your intention.

Dropping someone a message, or a phone call to say Eid Mubarak or another term from above, will be a thoughtful and kind gesture to wish someone a Happy Eid.

Many messaging sites such as Whatsapp, Instagram and iMessages also have quirky gifs available to send saying Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid. On iMessages, sending “Eid Mubarak” also gives way to a background effect sending a star.