July 6, 2016
Eid – Ul – Fitr(Ramzan Eid)
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Eid-Ul-Fitr, one of the most popular festival of Muslim community that is celebrated around the globe with great enthusiasm. Eid-Ul-Fitr is Arabic word for “breaking if the fast”. It is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan (Ramzan). It is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal which is also the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. On this occasion, Muslims exchange gifts and greets their relatives, friends and neighbours as a mark of brotherhood. Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah via Quran, to practice fast till the last day of Ramadan and after that the Zakat and fitra are being paid before offering the Eid prayers.
Why it is celebrated?
Islamic tradition depicts that there are two festivals celebrated every year by Muslims – Eid-ul-Fitr immediately after Ramzan and Eid-ul-Zuha in month of Haj.
Ramzan is popular for fasting, which represents a lot practices and beliefs of the Muslim community. It is practiced by Muslim people to keep them restrain from having food, all kinds of evil and unlawful deeds in Islam.
Muslims, just before the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr, keep fast for next whole one month of Ramzan. It is also known as ‘roza’ which starts from the break of dawn till dusk and during this whole time an individual has to restrict himself from drinking, eating or having sexual intercourse. The Arabic word ‘roza’ means abstinence.
How it is celebrated?
During the last few days of Ramadan, Muslim families donate to the poor. Donation is actually food like rice, barley, dates etc. — to ensure that poor can have a holiday meal and enjoy the celebration. This donation is called sadaqah al-fitr (charity of fast-breaking).
On the pious day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in big open ground or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer.
After that, Muslims visit to various family and friends houses, give gifts (especially to children), and call their distant relatives and wishes them for holidays. These activities traditionally continue for three days. Official government/school are remained closed for 3 days in several Muslim countries.