Eid-ul-Fitr

One of the most celebrated Muslim festival, Eid-Ul-Fitr is not even a week away. This day holds a lot of significance, majorly because it marks an end to the holy month of Ramzan, and as per Allah's preaching Muslims are forbidden to fast on this day. As per the scriptures this day was meant to be celebrated with lot of pomp and glory and continues to do so till today.

Since the Muslim festival is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar, the sighting of the new moon holds much importance and therefore highly anticipated by all. On sighting the moon people wish each other with the customary "Eid Mubarak". The moon on Eid is symbolic of beauty due to its characteristic crescent shape and since it is sighted with a lot of difficulty (due to its late appearance), this has been used as a metaphor in many literally works.

After observing a stringent fast and a religious schedule Eid is welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm marked with celebrations galore. Most Muslims offer Zakat, which is a charity towards their community during Ramzan, and especially on Eid day, another thoughtful aspect associated with this festival. Zakat is one of the most eminent pillars of Islam and aims at bridging monetary gaps between the community.

A highly anticipated part of Eid is also the scrumptious array of food that is prepared. These meals are a mix of traditional as well modern or revisited recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Thus, the holy festival symbolizes breaking the fast and everything that's evil within us. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated for over three days. In totality Eid propagates harmony and brotherhood and a festival that is enjoyed with much revelry.

Facts of Eid-ul-Fitr

There are some intrinsic facts about this amazing festival that are both exciting and intriguing. Here's a list of 10 facts for our readers:

  • Eid celebrations are dependent on sighting of the moon and may differ with each region, however for ease of understanding it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
  • It is also known as 'Lesser Eid' or 'Sweet Eid' in many parts of the world.
  • Muslims are expected to pray on this day; however they are advised to take different routes to and from the prayer grounds.
  • The prayer offered by the Shia and Sunni sect is different.
  • Embracing is customary to this festival.
  • The most common dessert served on this day is Sheer Korma.
  • Every devout Muslim is expected to pay Zakat (a part of his/her earning) before the prayers.
  • Eid is known by different names across the globe.
  • Men and women offer their prayers separately.

Eid Dates in 2014/2015

Festivals 2014 2015
Eid-ul-Fitr 28th July/29th July 17th July
Eid-ul-Adha 3rd October/ 4th October 22nd September / 23rd September
Eid-ul-Milad 14th January 3rd January
How Eid-ul-fitr is Celebrated?
Eid-ul-fitr is one of the most auspicious Islamic festivals and is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting in the lunar month of Shawwal. Eid-ul-fitr is synonymous with the customary hugging and exchange of gifts. This day also boasts of prayers along special Eid delicacies and celebrations.

Muslims festivals are celebrated around the lunar calendar, and though most of them are in an anticipatory mode awaiting the moon's visibility, they all are celebrated with much fervour.
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The most anticipated festival- Eid-ul-Fitr is right here, and while you are arranging for the festivities, do not miss on sending your heartfelt wishes to your family and friends.

The customary greeting used by all, during Eid is "Eid Mubarak". While many countries may have their own colloquial version, "Eid Mubarak" is the most common and widely used across the world.
The term "Eid-Mubarak" stands for "blessed Eid" in Arabic. And on this day the followers visit their family and friends and exchange pleasantries by saying "Eid Mubarak" as part of the culture.

Wish your near and dear ones Eid Mubarak with Eid Quotes.

Other Islamic Festivals are:

Eid-ul-Adha:

Eid-ul-Adha translates to 'festival of sacrifice' and marks an end to the annual Hajj to Mecca. It also commemorates prophet Ibrahim's insistence of sacrificing his new born to the lord. The same spirit is observed today by sacrificing a lamb or any such animal. Just like any other festival this day is also marked by offering prayers and is known for the lamb dishes prepared by families. Staunch Muslims also share one-third of the sacrificed meat with friends and family as an observance. more.

Eid-e-Milad:

Eid-ul-Milad celebrates the birth of prophet and is observed in the third month of the Islamic calendar, known as Rabi-al-awwal. This festival is marked my religious processions and chanting of praise for the Prophet.

Every Muslim ought to perform these duties regardless of where they live and their social repute.

The "Five Pillars of Islam" are:

  • Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith)
  • Salat (Prayer)
  • Zakat (Almsgiving)
  • Sawm (Fasting)
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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The Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"
Means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals of Muslims. Just after the Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. All the preparations are done before hand for the occasion. Eid-ul-Fitr prayer is the integral part of Eid, which is worth mentioning.

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Eid Mubarak wishes by Famous Leaders

  • USA President Obama

    Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world's major religions.

    During Hajj, the world's largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life - including thousands of American Muslims - will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.

    This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.

    On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season - Eid Mubarak.

  • South African President Zuma wishes all Muslims Eid Mubaarak

    Pretoria- President Jacob Zuma has wished all members of the Muslim community in South Africa Eid Mubaraak as they come to the end of the holy month of Ramadaan.

    "It is well known that fasting teaches discipline, patience and dedication. At the same time, it also enables one to feel and understand the plight of the poverty stricken," said President Zuma.

  • Srilankan President Rajapaksa wishes all followers of Islam a happy Eid-ul-Fitr

    "I am pleased to send this message of greetings on the occasion of the Ei-Ul-Fitr festival celebrated today by the devotees of Islam"

  • Indian President Pranab Mukerjee

    "I extend my greetings and best wishes to my fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr," Mukherjee said in his message.

    "Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the period of fasting and prayer during the holy month of Ramadan, and infuses in us a sense of brotherhood and spirit of joy," he said.

    "May Eid-ul-Fitr instill ... a sense of the essential unity of all faiths and pride in the composite culture of India."

  • Indian Ex PM Manmohan Singh

    Manmohan Singh said Eid, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan, was a celebration of the spirit of sharing and brotherhood.

  • Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari

    "The festival celebrated with gaiety and piety all across the country reinforces the timeless message of universal brotherhood, love and compassion."

  • United kingdom Prime Minister wishes Muslims "a very happy and peaceful Eid ul Fitr"

    "I want to send all Muslim families in the United Kingdom and around the world my best wishes for this very special time of Eid. The ending of the Holy month of Ramadan is a joyous time as families and friends join to together in celebration. This year many of you will come together to contemplate the appalling scenes we have witnessed on our streets and how our communities have been affected. Community spirit however remains strong in this country. I was particularly moved by the scenes of a united community coming together in Birmingham, not only to mourn the deaths of three young friends, but also to issue a strong message of unity and cohesion with people of other faiths. Peace, forgiveness and unity are the spirit of Eid. They are important messages now and will remain so long into the future. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid ul Fitr. Eid Mubarak."