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Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrating the End of Ramadan

April 2024

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most significant festivals celebrated by Muslims all around the world. This joyous occasion marks the end of Ramadan, the sacred month of fasting, prayers, reflection and elevation. It is a time for gratitude, charity, and celebration for Muslims of all ages.



History of Eids
“Eid” is an Arabic word that means “joyful celebration”. Muslims actually observe three Eids in a year. First is “Eid-ul-Fitr” that is held on the 1st of Shawwal to mark the end of Ramadan, and the successful completion of one-month fasting. Second is “Eid-ul-Azha” that marks the successful ending of annual pilgrimage. On this occasion, animals are sacrificed in the way of Allah in order to symbolically commemorate the spirit of sacrifice of Prophets Ibrahim (RA) and Ismail (RA). The third Eid is the Birth Anniversary of the Prophet (PBUH), which is called Eid Milad-un-Nabi. 
    Eid is celebrated throughout the Muslim world with great enthusiasm. It is a time of joy, gratitude, compassion and unity. It holds special significance as it commemorates the completion of a month-long period of fasting and spiritual discipline. It is also meant to celebrate the Revelation of Holy Quran, which is the Guiding Light from Allah.
    Eid celebrations begin with the sighting of new moon that marks the end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal, the tenth month of Islamic lunar calendar. In the last days of Ramadan, we engage in various preparations, including thorough cleaning of our homes, purchasing new clothes, and preparing special dishes for Eid meals.
    On the morning of Eid, we gather in mosques for Eid Prayer. The prayer is essentially performed in congregation. It consists of two units (rak'ah) with additional Takbeers. Takbeer is the declaration of Greatness of Allah. Immediate after offering Eid prayer, everybody exchanges greetings of “Eid Mubarak” with one another.
Fitrana or Charity
It is mandatory to give ‘Fitrana Charity’, also known as Zakat al-Fitr, per head. It is due on every household member, regardless of age. Our elders give a specific amount of money or food to those in need before going to the mosque for Eid prayers. This practice ensures that everyone partakes in the festivities and experiences joy. Fitrana equates to the cost of one meal, which must be received by a person in need before Eid prayers.
Family Gatherings and Meals
Eid-ul-Fitr is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate the blessings of Ramadan. Following Eid prayers, we exchange Eid greetings, eat traditional dishes and sweets, and exchange gifts with each other. Eid dishes include sweet treats like baklava, sheer khurma, and maamoul. Sharing meals with loved ones fosters a sense of unity and affection.
“Eidi”
For children, the most important and happiest aspects of Eid is the tradition of receiving “Eidi”. This is a gift given by elders. This tradition not only brings immense joy to us, but also teaches us the importance of generosity and sharing. If you get a handsome “Eidi” from your elders, please don’t forget to share it with those kids who are in need. 
    In a nutshell, Eid imparts valuable lessons like generosity, sense of sharing and collective wellbeing; it is a time for families to come together, share meals, create unity and togetherness; it also contributes to a sense of cultural identity, simplicity and spiritual growth. We, the children, learn valuable life lessons that contribute to our personal and spiritual development.
 

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