WHAT IS EID?
There are two annual key festivals that are celebrated in Islam -:
Although they are both named Eid, they are two completely different celebrations altogether.
Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a celebration held by Muslims to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. The Holy Qu’ran was revealed to mankind through the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during this Holy Month.
Healthy adult Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month. On the last day of Ramadan after sunset, the crescent moon is sighted and the celebrations for the Eid-ul-Fitr begins for all Muslims.
In most Muslim majority countries Eid is celebrated for three days and is an official holiday. It is the only day in which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
HOW IS EID- UL- FITR CELEBRATED?
Early in the morning, the next day after sighting of the moon, Muslims will take a bath or perform ablution and wear clean clothes before attending the Eid Prayer. The Eid Prayer is performed in congregation in open areas like fields, community centers or at mosques. The Eid prayer is generally followed by the sermon and asking Allah for forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for everyone in the world.
After the prayers friends and families celebrate the joyous occasion together. Muslims greet each other by wishing Eid Mubarak to each other, which means Happy Eid!
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