What is Eid ul-Fitr?
Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, traditionally over the first three days of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. The festival marks the end of Ramadan during which Muslims around the world fast for a full month. Fasting is prohibited during Eid ul-Fitr and family, friends, loved ones and the local community all come together to rejoice, enjoy good food and exchange gifts.
What Does Eid Mean?
In Arabic, Eid ul-Fitr translates to “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is a very important date in the Islamic Calendar. Throughout the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset, abstaining from food and drink as well as any impure thoughts or actions, including smoking and chewing gum. The month is spent connecting spiritually with Allah (SWT) through prayer, worship and studying the Qur’an.
In celebration of a successful Ramadan, the festival of Eid ul-Fitr is a time for enjoying food and spending time with loved ones, family and friends. Fasting is not permitted during Eid ul-Fitr.
Why is Eid Celebrated?
All Muslims look forward to and enjoy the celebration of Eid ul Fitr. While it is a time for food and festivities with loved ones, there are also important acts that must take place, in accordance with Allah (SWT).
Firstly, the dawn prayer – Fajr – is performed, followed by ritual cleansing or ablution – ghusl – as a means of purifying the body. After this, the whole family prepares for the day ahead.