It is almost the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and what comes next is the most talked about festivals of all time; Eid-Al Fitr. While the festival is the end of Ramadan it is the start of the Shawwal. There are certain things, that are not so common about the festival that a lot of people do not know.
Eid-ul-Fitr signals the beginning of the new month of Shawwal named after when camels mate: Shawwal means ‘lifting’, it is that time of the year when camels seduce the female camels. Shawwal is the month of ‘rising-up’ after a month of fasting.It’s also about remembering loved-ones who have passed away:
Muslims also visit the graves of the deceased on the day of Eid Al-Fitr. They offer dua for the dead and clean their gravesite. They pray to Allah for peace.
It’s not all about food:
While it is considered as a food festival, Ramadan & Eid al fitr are not at all concentrated on the food. It encourages muslims to forgive and forget the differences between them. Muslims also pray to Allah for giving them taqat (strength) to fast during one of the toughest fasts ever, Ramadan. They thank Allah for self reflection, forgiveness and peaceful cleansing of the soul. Muslims are also obligatory to pay ‘fitrana’or zakat Al-fitr which is a charity all muslims give before Eid Al-Fitr.The Eid Day starts with Muslims praying early in the morning wearing new clothes along with the family and friends.
. Its date vary even within the Islamic community.
New moons do not occur at the same time everywhere, some muslim countries refer to their own calendar and calculate according to their own techniques.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations.
There are two Islamic celebrations, Eid Al-Fitr & Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Adha is called ‘Feast of the sacrifice’. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the fifth Pillar of Islam.