Over 1 billion Muslims around the world celebrate Eids. The first Eid is “Eid al-Fitr” which comes after Ramadan, and the second, Eid al-Adha, takes place two months later and is the festival that coincides with the Hajj.
Eid al-Fitr celebrations
Eid al-Fitr” is considered a literal translation of the event that’s being celebrated: “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast,” or “the Feast of Fast-Breaking. Thus, Eid al-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of Ramadan; the month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a kind of rituals, and the most important, the month the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
Eid al-Fitr only does not begin until the new moon. Accordingly, people around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr in different times and different days. It is not at the same time or even the same day in each country.
The celebration usually lasts for three days or sometimes longer depending on how it falls on the calendar. So some people would celebrate Eid for only 3 days while others may celebrate Eid for almost a week.
Eid’s manifestations are similar to some extent among the Muslims. Some of these manifestations include performing morning prayers, when Muslims gather together and pray in mosques or outdoor locations and greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak” which is the Arabic greeting for “Blessed Eid”.
Besides buying new clothes or wearing finest outfits. While other people decorate their hands with elaborate henna patterns, or wear traditional costumes, others may go to graves to visit their beloved ones on this special day.
Happy Eid Day – Eid al-Fitr Mubarak
One of the special manifestations is also giving gifts, especially for children which usually include money and Called “Eidia”.
Mothers also have their own Eid manifestations as most of them prefer to bake different kinds of cookies in Eid al-Fitr as a kind of celebration, as well as they intend to exchange them with their neighbors and the rest of the family, creating a mixture of love and intimacy among people.
The rest of the day is about spending time with friends and family, exchanging gifts.
To sum up, Eid al-Fitr is one of the most exciting celebrations for Muslims around the world, which explains why, it is very different from any other celebration within the whole year and has a very special preparations and distinctive habits which vary from a place to another in a delightful and beautiful way.