What is Eid-al-Fitr? Get to know about The Muslim celebration after Ramadan

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Ramadan, the Holy Month for Muslims where they cannot eat or drink from dawn till sunset is coming to an end. After Ramadan, comes a festival of celebration for Muslims around the world called Eid or Eid-al-Fitr. This year, Eid-Al-Fitr will occur on Saturday on the 21st of April.

Eid-Al-Fitr is a joyous occasion which binds together families, friends and communities in celebration after a month of fasting, self-reflection and prayer.

The meaning of Eid-al-Fitr

The word Eid means celebration and the word Fitr means breaking the fast Hence Eid-Al-Fitr translates to breaking the fast.

History of Eid al-Fitr

The history of Eid-al-Fitr dates back to the time of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad when Eid-al-fitr was established as an integral part of Islamic culture. As per Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from Allah (God) through the Angel Jibrael (Gabriel) during the month of Ramadan.

What happens during Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a way for Muslims to express their gratitude to Allah. The occasion is of immense importance to Muslims around the world.

Eid-al-Fitr starts with the performance of special prayers called Salat al-Eid which are held in mosques and other open spaces early in the morning. Muslims are dressed in their new clothes and offer prayers in congregation. The prayers are followed by a sermon which is delivered by the Imam (a religious leader) who talks about the values of unity, compassion and gratitude.

After the prayers are done, Muslims exchange greetings of “Eid Mubarak” which means Blessed Eid and offer handshakes or hugs as a sign of goodwill. Muslims often visit friends and family or prepare delicious feast during this occasion. Giving gifts to children is also a part of Eid-al-Fitr.

Muslims also engage in act of charity known as Zakat al-Fitr or Sadaqat al-Fitr which is to help those who are less fortunate than them.

Many countries and communities also hold different events related to Eid. Eid festivals are held in countries where Muslims a majority as well as in those countries where they are a significant minority.

Eid-al-Fitr is also a time for Muslims to engage in leisure and recreation, and many engage in social gatherings and cultural performances as well as other form of entertainment activities. The streets are busy with people buying new clothes and gifts for themselves or for their loved ones. It is also a public holiday in some countries with schools, offices and other businesses being closed.

Eid in the Square – An annual free event marking the end of Ramadan in Trafalgar Square in London

Eid in the square is an event that is held every year in London’s Trafalgar Square. It is the Mayor of London’s free, annual festival marking the end of Ramadan. The event will be held on Sunday on the 29th of the April.

The event has been developed in collaboration with the Eid Community Advisory Group and London based arts, culture and grass roots Muslim organisations. This year’s theme is #LondonForEveryone which focuses on bringing people from all walks of life in the city together to promote an inclusive environment in London.

The event will include food stalls, activities for both children and adults, performances and much more making sure everyone has a good time at the event.

Eid-al-Fitr is a beautiful occasion that brings people and communities together in a spirit of love, compassion and unity.


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