The Arabic name Eid al-Fitr translates in english ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’ . It is celebrated at the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the start-up of the Islamic month of Shawwal, the 10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar.
The event of Eid is a reward for the Muslims around the world after observing the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from dawn to dusk.The Eid celebration also marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed.
Ramadan conclusions with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2015 occurs on July 17. Literally the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Eid al-Fitr is 1 of the 2 very most-most Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, pass treats to children, and enjoy visits with family and friends.
A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always vital in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are compulsive to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.
Here are 5 interesting facts about the ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’.
1. Breakfast before the special prayer
It is consuetudinary to eat breakfast before the special prayer of Eid, as Prophet Muhammad used to eat something sweet before proposal his prayers.
2. Public Holiday
In Muslim countries Eid is an official public holiday that lasts for (3) three days.
3. Crescent moon above Mecca
As the crescent moon of Eid appears on different dates in different countries, many Muslim communities enjoy Eid on the day it appears over the sky above Mecca.
4.The Eid Prayer
The Eid prayer is apart from the regular prayer known as Adhaan. The special prayer can be done anytime between the Ishraq (dawn) and Zawal (midday) Namaz
Muslims usually give a special gift of money to charity also known as Zakat-ul-Fitr which is congestive and given to Muslims who are poor or in need.