Eid-ul-Fitr, an Arabic phrase which is translated as the “Festival of breaking the fast,” also known as ‘choti eid’ or ‘meethi eid’, is celebrated following the completion of the holy month of Ramzan. It is a gift from Allah to the Muslim community for all the fasting, good deeds, and charity that they did in Ramzan. It is a celebratory time for Muslims across the globe. They celebrate it with a myriad of colour, harmony, unity, and lots of delicious and scrumptious food with their loved ones. It is also a reminder to spread happiness, merriment, and comfort to everyone.
The pandemic has altered the way Muslims used to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in past two years. However, now that the Muslim community will not be bound by quarantine, Eid could proceed with same excitement as it used to in the pre-COVID times, which makes this year’s Eid even more special!
Some people begin their Eid preparations a couple of weeks before. These preparations include buying new clothes, jewelry, shoes for themselves, and gifts for their loved ones. Girls also adorn their hands with beautiful henna designs on the night when the moon for the month of Shawwal is sighted. All these preparations can be considered a part of the Eid celebrations as they show how eagerly Muslims await the arrival of 1st Shawal to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
Before Eid or on the day of Eid, Muslims give out ‘sadqa-e-fitr’ to the needy and poor. Fasting in the prior month teaches them to be empathetic towards the poor and to be grateful to Allah (SWT) for everything that He has provided them with. This sense of empathy and gratitude compel them to share their blessings with those who are less fortunate. Thus, helping others in any way possible and according to one’s own capacity is an important part of observing the Muslim faith. Being mindful to those who have less and helping them by giving charity in the form of money, provision, clothes and meals, is the true spirit of what our religion teaches us. Bringing happiness and pleasure to the hearts of other Muslims also pleases the Almighty Lord, which is ultimately the goal of all Muslims.
The day starts by waking up early in the morning and adorning oneself in new clothes. After that men gather at a mosque to take part in the Eid prayers, whereas women usually prepare sweet treats for the day. Throughout the day, people greet each other. Most people prefer spending Eid with their loved ones by visiting family and friends to spend some quality time with them, and have big feasts under one roof to celebrate this holy festival together, where they will exchange gifts, share confectionaries, and enjoy their time together. These celebrations continue for a few days.
In some households large feasts are arranged so that when relatives gather they can enjoy the traditional Eid foods as well as other delicacies. When families and friends come together like this, they exchange moments of joy, love and laughter, which brings them even closer. After having spent reflective and more solitary time during the holy month of Ramzan, the goal now is to celebrate the accomplishments of the month with the community. Some families even decorate their houses especially for this occasion.
This Eid also holds special significance for the children since it is one of the main traditions of choti eid for children to receive Eidi in form of cash gifts from their elders and relatives. Then they buy toys, sweets, and snacks to their heart’s content with this Eidi. Some children even exchange Eid cards in order to show their love towards their friends or relatives.
Eid celebrations carry much significance for the Muslim community with respect to its religious values and social connotation. So, there is no doubt that we have every bit of reason to celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm with our loved ones. Furthermore, all the progress that we make during the holy month of Ramzan brings about spiritual and moral changes in us. Celebrating this progress also encourages us to keep improving so that these changes become a part of our lifestyle and not just remain limited to those 29 or 30 days of fasting and worship. HH
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