The Festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr
Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic community. Muslim worldwide glorify this occasion and celebrate it with passion, devotion and enthusiasm. Muslims fast for a full month before Eid. When the month of Ramadan ends and the moon is observed, they end their fasts and the very next day, Eid is celebrated. Every year it falls on the first day of shawaal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
Eid is a day of Commemoration. Even in their most busy times, Muslims take advantage of the day by multiple sessions of worship to Allah SWT. They worship Him and ennoble His name to show their gratitude for the various blessings in their lives. Moreover, they remember the departed by praying for their spirits and visiting their graves. They also try to help the deprived by extending a hand of support, try to cheer up the sad by showing them compassion, concern and solace, the absentees by amiable greeting and heartfelt regard, thus the account of gratitude on Eid day exceeds all boundaries and spreads over wide aspects of human life.
It’s a belief that fasting in the month of Ramadan refines the essence of prayers. Fasting protects Muslims from the fire of hell and opens the doors of heaven. Throughout Ramadan, people try to lead a holy life. They fast, worship daily in the form of Namaz, recite the Quran, cater to the needy and hungry and give charity and handouts to the deprived. Ramazan comes to a conclusion when the new moon is seen. The sight of the new moon is believed to be very spiritual and holy by Muslims. It is an indication for the commemoration of Eid the next day.
On Eid, all Muslims wake up early in the morning, freshen up and wear new outfits. The men go for Eid prayers to the mosque and hug and wish Eid Mubarak to everyone. Sweets are handed out, gifts are distributed and appetizing dishes are cooked at homes. Friends and family throw lavish Eid parties, dinners and brunches. At some public places and malls, Eid celebrations are held, where people hang out, celebrate the festival and children play around and buy sweets and toys. Muslims abroad also celebrate Eid with enthusiasm.
Happiness and delight multiplies twofold, when they are shared. Eid gives us a message of unity and fraternity for all humanity. Eid is a carnival of peace and compassion. It furnishes us with the message to love all and hate none. It instructs us to welcome all men as brothers. It encourages us to bid goodbye to hatred, bitterness and antagonism and replace them with feelings of deep affection, compassion and brotherhood.