How to celebrate Eid
Eid al-Fitr is a festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Eid means happiness and joy. The Festival of Breaking Fast, includes prayer and charity towards the poor, but it is also a day of celebration with family and friends.
But, how we can celebrate Eid?
Here are a few steps that will show you how you can spend Eid celebration:
- Look your best: in Eid most of the people buy new clothes, it is a widespread tradition. And those who can’t afford to will still make an effort to look their best. Muslim women in South Asia often decorate with henna the night before Eid.
- Break your fast shortly after sunrise: Muslims are actually not allowed to fast on Eid al-Fitr, since they are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan (month of fasting). So eating food before you attend prayer is encouraged.
- Attend an Eid prayer: Special Eid prayers are held in the early morning of the holiday, usually at a large central mosque, or just outdoor locations. In some regions, all Muslims attend this event. In others, women are encouraged but not required, and in others, the event is male-only. Finally, after the prayer is completed, worshippers embrace each other and say “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid”.
- Celebrate with sweet food and family: Eid al-Fitr is sometimes called the “Sweet festival,” since sweet foods are usually eaten in celebration of the end of Ramadan fasting. As many people also cook desserts themselves and celebrate at home.
- Give gifts to children: Adults usually give children and young people money or gifts on Eid, and occasionally trade gifts between each other as well. Families will often visit their neighbors and extended relatives after the morning celebration to wish them a happy holiday and exchange these gifts.
- Celebrate the rest of the day: Many people eat a family lunch and/or dinner. Some just rest in the afternoon. Others attend fairs and events organized for Eid like weddings, party with their friends in the evening, or visit the graves of deceased friends and family.
In addition, in many regions, Eid is celebrated for three days, or celebrated on different days by different Muslim groups. So you can wake up early on these three days and repeat the same celebration but without the Eid prayer, which only take part on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.