Eid al fitr is an important festival that marks the end of one month long Ramadan and is celebrated by Muslims across the world. It falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. It has got different names across the globe; Fast breaking Eid, Ramadan feast, Lesser Eid or Minor Feast. According to the tradition, it is the first sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset. The festival was originated by the Islamic Prohet Muhammad. He emphasized that this day along with Eid al Adha are occasions for showing gratitude to God and remembering him along with being an occasion of entertainment.
People exchange greetings all day long, wishing each other “Eid Mubarak”. On this day, Muslims forget or forgive all differences and remove animosities that have developed in the year. Traditional followers wake up before sunrise, offer the pre sunrise prayer after freshening up completely.
There are few rituals that every practitioner needs to abide to
- No fasting on Eid al-Fitr
- Go to the Eid prayer on foot
- To read the takbirat in an open field.
- Give as much charity as is possible
- Show happiness
- Greet Eid Mubarak to other Muslims
- Use separate routes to and from the prayer grounds.
It is mandatory to acknowledge the first ritual with a small sweet breakfast, preferably of date (fruit), before attending the Eid prayer. It is considered to be a rejuvenation of the religion and it creates a stronger bond between a muslim and the Lord. The Eid al Fitr prayer (known as salaat) has two units and is usually read out in open fields or large halls. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Africa, Egypt, Central and South Asia, almost all continents and all countries celebrate the festival, in their own customary way.