Eid ul Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is one of the most significant festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
This festival marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. Muslims across the globe come together to share their happiness and celebrate the occasion with their friends and family. In this article, we will delve deeper into how Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr.
Preparations for Eid ul Fitr
The preparations for Eid ul Fitr start a few days before the actual day of the festival. Muslims clean their homes and purchase new clothes to wear on this special day. They decorate their homes with lights, balloons, and banners, and prepare a variety of delicious dishes to serve to their guests.
The Night before Eid ul Fitr
The night before Eid ul Fitr, Muslims perform a special prayer known as Taraweeh also the whole Ramazan after Namaz e Isha. This prayer is performed in the mosque and involves reciting verses from the Quran. After the prayer, Muslims greet each other and exchange sweets and gifts as a symbol of love and affection. Girls, women visits beauty saloons to apply ‘hena’ on their hands and other beauty treatments. Even Eid eve is also celebrated as a festival these days.
The Day of Eid ul Fitr
On the day of Eid ul Fitr, Muslims wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and wear new clothes. They offer a special prayer known as Eid prayer, which is performed in the mosque or an open ground. After the prayer, Muslims hug each other and exchange greetings of “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed Eid.”
Children gets money as a special gift ‘eidi’ by elders.
Women send ‘Sheerkhurma’ to neighbors as special sweet dish, also serve the walk-in guests.
Eid ul Fitr Celebrations
After the Eid prayer, Muslims gather with their friends and family to celebrate the occasion. They share delicious food and sweets and exchange gifts. Children receive gifts and money from their elders as a token of love and appreciation. Muslims also visit their relatives and friends to share their happiness and distribute sweets.
Zakat al-Fitr, also known as Fitrah, is a mandatory charity that Muslims give before Eid prayer. It is given to help the poor and needy to celebrate Eid ul Fitr. The amount of Zakat al-Fitr varies from country to country, but it usually involves giving enough money to provide one meal for a person.
Eid ul Fitr in Different Countries
Eid ul Fitr is celebrated in different ways in different countries. In some countries, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated for three days, while in other countries, like India and Pakistan, it is celebrated for one day. In some countries, like Indonesia, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated with a special dish known as Ketupat, which is made of rice wrapped in coconut leaves.
Eid ul Fitr is a time of joy and happiness for Muslims worldwide. It is a time to reflect on the blessings of Allah and to come together as a community to celebrate the occasion. The celebrations involve sharing food and sweets, exchanging gifts, and visiting relatives and friends. Muslims also give Zakat al-Fitr to help the poor and needy to celebrate the festival. The way Eid ul Fitr is celebrated varies from country to country, but the spirit of the festival remains the same – to spread love and happiness among all.