Know about Why and How Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslim community.
Eid-al-Fitr (also pronounced as Eid-ul-Fitr) is one of the two Eids of the Islamic Calendar. It comes after the holy month of Ramadan. This holy month is observed by Muslims every year to acknowledge the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad by Allah. It falls it always falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar, which date does not always fall on the same Gregorian day because the date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities.
It is the day when Muslim start eating their meals in the sunlight again. This festival is also known as ‘Festival of breaking Fast’ as on this day Muslims break their fast which they have been doing in the month of Ramadan.
On this day Muslims gather to express gratitude for every possession they have. They also perform donations in the form of zakat. Every Muslim contributes to the zakat according to their situations. On this day they also come forward to help the ones who are less fortunate.
On Eid, Muslim men attend the prayers (Namaz) at their local mosque while women offer their prayers from home. They all wear new clothes and visit their relatives with sweets. One of the most famous dishes of Eid is ‘Sewaiya’. On this day children receive Eidie and blessings from their elders.
Muslims typically decorate their homes, and are also encouraged to forgive each other and seek forgiveness. In countries with large Muslim populations, it is normally a public holiday with most schools and businesses closed for the day.
In the Islamic countries like Unites Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc., the festival is celebrated with firecrackers and large Eid parties are held.
On this day every person greets each other with ‘Eid Mubarak’; Loosely translated: ‘Blessed Eid’. So wish all of you who fasted for a month; a happy and safe Eid. Eid Mubarak…!!!