Eid-ul-Fitr is the three day Muslims festival which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”. Muslims all around the world will celebrate the three-day Eid-ul-Fitr festival very soon depending on the sighting of the moon. It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal.
Here is the list of things that you need to know about the holiday celebrated by over 1 billion Muslims around the world.
- To Celebrate the End of Fasting: Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan or we can say at the end of fasting.
- Eid-ul-Fitr Begins on the Sight of New Moon: It begins when the new moon appears in the sky. Across the world, Eid-ul-Fitr starts at different times and even different days depending on geographical locations.
- Preparations for Eid Morning: On Eid morning Muslims cleanse themselves and wear new clothes, use perfumes and then go for Eid prayer.
- Eid Greetings: “Eid Mubarak” which means “Have a blessed Eid!” is pretty common Eid greetings of Muslims. Eid greeting also varies depending on the country and language. Other variations of Happy Eid are “Mutlu Bayramlar” in Turkish, “Selamat Lebaran” in Indonesia and “Barka da Sallah” in Hausa, a Nigerian language, and many others.
- Eid Prayer: After getting dressed Muslims gather for Eid prayer in mosques or outdoor locations. After that People visit relatives, friends and sometimes graveyards to pray for their dead ones.
- The Lesser Eid: Eid-ul-Fitr is also known as “the lesser Eid” because it is one of the two important celebrations in Muslims faith. “The Greater Eid” is Eid-al-Adha which celebrates the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
- Gifts and Visit to Family and Friends: Eid-ul-Fitr is a time of abundance, not just abundant food but Gifts are often given, especially to children. These gifts of money, accessories, flowers etc. are called “Eidi.” Other than this Muslims celebrate this festival with friends and family by visiting them.
- Eid-ul-Fitr lasts for three days: This holy festival traditionally lasts for three days but depending on how it falls on the calendar and also on different countries traditions.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a day of great festivity and thanksgiving to Allah Almighty for giving us a chance to celebrate the month of fasting. Muslims celebrate by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, and giving each other gifts. May Allah accepts our fasts and good deeds in the month of Ramadan and makes our Eid blissful! Ameen