Eid Al- Fitr

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar (though the Muslim use of a lunar calendar means that it may fall in any season of the year). Traditionally, Eid ul Fitr begins at the sunset on the first sighting of the crescent moon, which is also known as ‘Chand Raat’. Chand Raat is a time of celebration with families and friends gathered in open areas at the end of the last day of Ramadan to spot the new moon. During Aitkaaf, the people spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in the mosque worshipping Allah. Once the moon is sighted they wish each other, “Chand Raat Mubarak”.

It is believed that Prophet Muhammad got the first revelation of the Holy Quran during the holy month of Ramadan. Eid-Ul-Fitr marked the end of fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan and the beginning of the Shawwal month. Eid-Ul-Fitr is also a celebration for having a successful month of fasting, praying and refraining from all negative actions, thoughts and words and is a way of paying respect to Allah.

The Eid prayers are performed early morning in the open areas. After completing the prayers, worshippers each other and say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to wish each other goodwill. After Eid prayers families and friends come together and enjoy eating desserts and a wide variety of food such as sevaiyyan. That’s why this eid is also known as meethi Eid. Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr by taking part in prayers that are followed by a sermon soon after dawn. Women and girls wear Mehendi on their hands and desserts are prepared the next day. People wear new clothes, give Zakat or alms to the poor, distribute sweets, and eat a variety of dishes, including Biryani, Haleem, Nihari, kebabs and Seviyan. Additionally, children receive gifts and money from elders, which are called Eidi.

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