As the holy month of Ramadan finished on 5 July this year for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, it marked the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. The word owes its origin to the Arabic language and when translated into English means- ‘festival of breaking the fast’.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar as this is the day where Muslims thank Allah for the strength, the will and the endurance he gives them, especially during Ramadan. The celebrations involve a range of traditions, generally including a gathering of family and friends to eat and pray together. So if you too are in the mood to celebrate the festival of EID this year here are 7 interesting facts you should know about the holy festival.
Eid al-Fitr is also known as Sweet Eid
because of the various snacks and sweets made especially for the holiday. In Sudan, many families enjoy aseeda, a sweet dish made from wheat and honey, while in Malaysia kuih, colorful, sweet cakes are consumed. We all are very fond of the scrumptious sevaiyaan made in India too.
Typical sayings during the Eid holiday include Eid Mubarak, which means Blessed Eid, and Eid Said, which means Happy Eid. Greetings on this day also vary by country. A popular saying in Indonesia is, “Mohon maaf lahir batin,” which roughly translates as “please forgive me for anything wrong I have done.”
Celebration Day – Shawwal
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal which falls in the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. Shawwal means ‘lifting’, it is that time of the year when camels seduce the female camels. Shawwal is the month of ‘rising-up’ after a month of fasting.
Remembering Loved Ones
Eid is also a day about remembering loved-ones who have passed away. Muslims on this day also visit the graves of the deceased on the day of Eid Al-Fitr. They offer dua for the dead and clean their gravesite.
One of the 2 Most Important Islamic Celebrations
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations, Eid Al-Fitr & Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Adha is called ‘Feast of the sacrifice’ and marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the fifth Pillar of Islam.
Eid has multiple English translations. The holiday is also known as Fastbreaking Eid, Sweet Festival, Ramadan feast, Feast of Fasting, Lesser Eid, Smaller Eid, Small Eid, Minor feast, Eid al-Saghir and Sugar Feast.
which is a charity given to the poor, is also part of the celebration at the end of Ramadan. Muslims give gifts, sweets, clothes, food items Zakaat al fitr to the needy. They also exchange gifts and greeting cards with friends and relatives.