What is Eids in Islam?
Eid al-Fitr are joyous occasions for Muslims all over the world. This is also a time when they come together to observe the Eid prayers and participate in the various festivals. These celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of the Islamic holy fasting season. Many Muslims around the globe choose to fast throughout the year to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr. The actual dates of these two grand festivals vary by country but each Muslim must be aware of this and follow their religion according to the times.
The name “Eid” in Arabic originates from the word” Eid”, which is regarded as a religious festival in ancient times. The holy month of Ramadan varies from year to year. During this time Muslims all over the globe fast from dawn to dusk. During this time millions of Muslims worldwide fast like a man starving while his family is still fasting.
It is believed that during the time of Ramadan, Allah spread Maghfirah and thawab over the surface of the earth as a blessing. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two grand festivals of the Islamic calendar. It falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which has also came after Ramadan. This grand festival marks the end of Ramadan and the commencement of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The moonlight celebration is the main feature of Eid al-Fitr.
During this blessed festival Muslims all over the world take part in the grand celebrations and pray to Allah. They also exchange gifts, eat, and buy new clothes. The importance of this holy month is greatly felt by every Muslim. There are different traditions and customs which mark this festival. While celebrating Eid, Muslims always wear full-face veils or don’t even come in public places for the fear of getting captured by others.
Eid is considered to be the best day to complete your worship and get blessing from Allah. Many Muslims around the world-light lamps and put them in their homes as a sign of happiness and blessing. The lighting of the lamp signifies the start of Ramzan. Muslims then go from their homes to the mosques and tombs of their ancestors, to celebrate this blessed event. They take part in many activities such as hunting, playing games, dancing, making supplication to the Almighty, and many more.
During Ramzan Muslims commemorate the birth of their prophet Muhammad (SAW), his marriage to Aishah (raped by the goddess herself) and his death. During it, Muslims take part in various activities as per their wish and fast for forty days. One of the best moments of the end celebrations is when followers of Muslims gather at the bazaar (attraction of good fortune) at night and draw lots to see who gets what. The winners get twenty times the amount drawn and the losers get one-fifth of the drawn amount.
Muslims give a lot of importance to their fast during Eid and they also observe different kinds of ceremonies on that day to show thankfulness to their gods and to the holy Quran. Muslim families mostly observe a three-day mourning period after the submission of the Holy Quran. During that time they bury their dead ancestors and burn all their belongings and properties to show thankfulness to their god. Muslims also use to collect good deeds and good moral values of their ancestors and pass them along to their children as a symbol of filthiness. This whole process basically gives importance to Eid.
There are many in celebration themes available for Muslims to choose from such as camel racing, jack-hunting, horse-riding, fruit-laying, just to name a few. A major highlight of eid celebrations is of course eating of the Golden calf – the ram. The moment the calf is eaten by the believers, the celebration is over and peace comes in between the people. Muslim people believe in spending a great sum of money during Eid so that their prayers are answered and their wealth increases.
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