The word Eid means “feast” or “celebration”, while Fitr means “to break the fast” or “end of the fasting month”. Therefore Eid -Al- Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a joyous 3-day festivity that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (fasting month observed by Muslims).
There are two Eids celebrated in a year. One is Eid Al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan (end of month-long fasting period). Second one is Eid Al-Adha, that’s marks the end of the Hajj, annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca).
WHEN IS EID CELEBRATED?
Eid-Al-Fitr falls on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal (tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar). It’s a day of great merriment and celebration that marks the end of the fasting period. After offering their prayers people exchange greetings by wishing each other – “Eid Mubarak” which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”
HOW IS EID CELEBRATED ?
Last day of Ramadan or the night before Eid is known as Chaand raat meaning night of the new moon. Families gather in open fields to see the first lunar crescent and when the moon is sighted, they wish each other Chaand Raat Mubarak meaning- “Have a blessed night of the new moon”.
Festivities begin in full swing for the next day (Eid-Al-Fitr) – people shop for new clothes, decorate their houses, sweet delicacies are prepared, women and young girls go for Eid shopping and apply henna on their hands and feet.
After the blessed month of Ramadan is over, early morning on the first day of Eid, people dress up in new clothes, perform their rituals and attend Eid prayer services in mosque. Eid prayers are held in open grounds and thousands of people attend to thanks God for all his love and countless blessings. On this holy occasion people donate special charity in the form of money, food, or produce to the needy and poor.
On Eid, people embrace and greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak. Families and friends exchange gifts, greetings and good wishes. In many countries, these 3-days are declared as an official holiday.
People enjoy Sheer Khurma or Sheer Korma recipe – Vermicelli and milk pudding loaded with richness of dates and dry nuts – a perfect Eid recipe.
WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY EID AND EID MUBARAK !!
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