Eid-ul-Fitr is a religious festival that is celebrated widely by Muslims all over the world. The occasion marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which all Muslims fast for an entire month. The date of Eid varies depending on the moon sighting and astronomical calculations. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad got the first revelation of the holy book of Quran during this month of Ramadan.
Importance and Significance of the festival
Eid-ul-Fitr falls every year on the first day of the month Shawwal which marks the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. The festive day begins by offering Eid prayer at the mosque. The Islamic prayer known as salat comprises of two units of prayer known as rakats along with six incarnations. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon after which Muslims ask for Allah’s forgiveness, mercy, peace, and blessings for all living beings across the world. The prayer is performed in an assembly and is followed by raising of the hands to the ears while saying ‘Allahu Akbar ‘which means God is the greatest. Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah and are suppose to fast till the last day of Ramadan and pay Zakat-al-Fitr before offering prayers on the occasion of Eid.
After the prayers, Muslims visit their family members and friends to wish Eid Mubarak to each other or host Eid celebrations at their homes or community centers.
What does Eid Mubarak mean?
Eid means celebrations and Mubarak means blessed, so Eid Mubarak together means to have blessed Eid celebrations. On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr Muslims greet and wish each other by saying, Eid Mubarak. The special Eid-al-Fitr delicacies are cooked at every Muslim household consisting of Biryani, Haleem, Nalli Nihari, Seviyan, Mutton Kaleji and different kinds of kebabs. All the women dress up in shararas, or regular salwar kameez or Hijab and men prefer wearing kurta pyjama.
What does Eidi mean?
Eidi is usually given to the children of the household in the form of gift or money. The tradition is to keep the spirit of the celebration among children.
This year Eid-ul-Fitr is falling on 14th June evening and will be concluded on 15th June evening.