About Eid Ul Fitr
|Event||Eid ul Fitr|
|Date||June 25, 2017|
|Main Attraction||Prayers and feasts are the major highlights of the festival.|
Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival of breaking the fast and occurs when the new moon is sighted at the end of the fasting month called Ramadan. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is followed by celebrations of feasting and rejoicing. The word 'Eid' means 'festivity' and 'Fitr' is taken from 'Fatar' which means 'breaking' and has another meaning i.e. 'alms'. On this day special food and delicacies are prepared and distributed among neighbours and friends.
Ramadan does not fall on any particular day. But takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic year. It is said, during the holy month, Allah gave Prophet Muhammad the Holy Quran. Allah's words were revealed to Prophet Muhammad through an angel over a time period of 23 years. The words were noted and written down to form the Holy Quran. The Ramadan is also celebrated to remember this special month.
Muslims celebrate this festival by greeting each other, wearing new clothes and distributing gifts and sweets. They start the day by taking a bath in the morning, wear new clothes and eat some small sweets like dates before going to the mosque. Men typically wear white clothes as white symbolizes purity and austerity. Alms are distributed among the poor and the Eid special prayer 'Do Rakat Namaz' is performed in the morning in the mosque. 'Sadaqah Fitr' or a charitable gift is a giving out to break the fast. Grains or cash is giving out to the poor as is it specified in the Holy Quran. They visit friends or relative's homes and eat festive meals with special dishes, beverages and desserts. The most common and well-known food item that is eaten during this festival is vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk.
Last Updated on : December 28, 2016