Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals of Muslims that is celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal after moon sighting on the 29th or 30th day of Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to fast on this day of Eid. This festival is the thanks-giving day to God after the successful completion of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Eid is an Arabic word that means festival or feast. Similarly, Fitr is also an Arabic word meaning breaking of fast just like Iftar at the month of Ramadan. Islam encourages social gatherings in the form of Salaat (Namaz) such as five times in daily prayer (namaz) for that area where live, Friday prayer (namaz)) for local people, Eid Namaz for the whole area. It is the system to meet people in your town for knowing the welfare of the people in that area.
The Muslims keep fast for a full one month after seeing the “Ramadan moon”. After the completion of the month, they once again see the moon of Eid and finish their fasts. On the second day when the fasts are over, they celebrate the Eid festival with great happiness and excitement with the family and friends.
One essential part of the festival is to give Zakat for charity to the poor people before Eid celebrations. It is compulsory for every Muslim must pay the amount of charity for all the needy family members or poor people. Thus, during Ramadan, all Muslims continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat and Fitra before offering the Eid prayers
On the day of Eid-ul Fitr, Muslims take bath early in the morning and wear new or good dresses with applying perfumes and gather for special namaz (prayer)at mosques After the prayer (namaz) people greet or embrace each other and wish Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid. Sweets (Sawai) are prepared at home and ‘’Eidie’’ (gifts) are given to the younger or those in need. Muslims also decorate their houses with twinkling lights.
The Hindus as well as the Christians and the Sikhs also go and wish their Muslim friends a happy Eid or Eid Mubarak.
At present, there will be no prayer (namaz) at mosques or Eidgahs due to Covid-19 and people will offer prayer (namaz) at their houses that help in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
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