Id Al-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr is one of Islam’s two major festivals. It is celebrated by marking the end of Ramadan, which is the holy month of fasting,It is observed during the first three days of the month of Shawwal.
We have five facts on the Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
- Eid al-Fitr dates are declared by moon-sighting committees, as it is timed to meet the new moon in each country. This year the holidays are being observed from July 28.
- In Arabic “eid” means “festivity” and “fitr” to break a fast. Common greetings used during the holiday include “Eid Mubarak!” or “Blessed Eid”, “Eid Saeed!” or “Happy Eid!” or “May every year find you in good health!”.
- The day before Eid al-Fitr families donate food such as rice, barley or dates, to the less fortunate. The donation is known as “sadaqah al-fitr” or charity of fast-breaking.
- Prior to the start of the prayer,every muslim must pay zakatul-fitr-an alms for the month of Ramadan.This money goes to the local needy people so that they can make Eid purchases.
- On Eid families typically wake early on the day of celebration, eat a small meal before attending special prayers at mosques, and then go on to feast at friends or relatives’ houses. Apart from this restaurants and eateries also organize lavish end of Eid spreads. It is also a day for asking for forgiveness.