On this special day, the Muslims indulge in traditional activities aside from celebrating with their dear ones. Read on to know about Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in different parts of the world.
The people of UAE celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with great enthusiasm. They usually wear white dresses with a long traditional ‘Thoub' and ‘Ogal'. The ‘Ogal' is a scarf having check patterns; it is attached with a black turban. Wearing these white dresses, the people offer prayers at the mosque. They also offer gifts to their loved ones on this special day. On the Eid-ul-Fitr, festive fairs are held throughout the United Arab Emirates. The women paint their hands with henna and prepare sweets to gift to their dear ones on this day.
The Eid Ul Ftr is considered as a national holiday in India. People gather at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi to offer their prayers to God. On this special day, the Muslims try out different recipes including sweet delicacies. Most of them indulge in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations by preparing a special dish – the ‘Siwaiyaan'. This recipe is actually made of toasted sweet vermicelli noodles, dried fruits, and milk. This is the day when the Muslims send Eid-ul-Fitr cards to their loved ones and convey their best wishes on this festive occasion.
Pakistan is an Islamic country. Thus, Eid is the most significant festival for the citizens of the country. It is just the same as Christians celebrate Christmas and Hindus celebrate Diwali or Holi. The Eid celebrations in Pakistan start a month before the eve of Eid during the holy month of Ramadan. Marketplaces are adorned with traditional decorative items and scintillating with lights.
Despite Muslims being busy in following the strict rules of fasting their enthusiasm does not dim. It only grows with each passing moment as Eid is coming. During Ramadan, they decorate their houses and prepare gifts for their loved ones. It is also the best time of the year to go for shopping as shopkeepers offer discounts and other attractive options. Everyone buys new clothes to wear on the big day.
Eid-ul-Fitr is not declared as a federal holiday in the United States. On this day, the Muslims get up early to offer prayers at the mosque or on their outdoor space. They get new clothes for this occasion and decorate their homes with special lighting. The Muslims also offer money to the poor on the Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Eid-ul-Fitr is the day when the Muslims in United States take delight in preparing recipes and sharing a special meal with their friends and family. They also thank God for all the good things they've received in their lives.
The Eid-ul-Fitr in Turkey is known as the Ramazan Bayrami. Since it's a public holiday, therefore, educational institutions and government offices remain closed during the festival. As in other countries, people in Turkey dress up in special clothes for the Eid and visit the cemetery to pay respect to those who've passed away.
An important celebration of the Eid-ul-Fitr is kissing the right hand of a senior person and placing it on one's forehead while wishing that the person enjoys the festival with mirth and joy. The kids convey their wishes to their dear ones by visiting their relatives' houses. In return they're gifted with candies and sweets that they love to savor.
Eid-ul-Fitr is not a national public holiday in Canada. However, the Muslims participate in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations and enjoy the festival with great enthusiasm. They wake up early in the morning and offer outdoor prayers. Just like the Muslims worldwide, the Muslims in Canada also wear the finest clothes and decorate their homes with special lighting. People gather together in Ottawa to celebrate the festive occasion.
With 0.9 million-1.4 million followers of Islam around the world, Muslims are the second largest in population after Christians. And they are spread all around the world, be it an African country or gulf regions. In such a state, Eid is one of the most celebrated festivals around the world. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims perform the rituals of fasting in a very accurate manner.
There is a diversity in the eid ul fitr traditions and customs of celebrating Eid due to Muslims scattered in different parts of world. While Iraqis and Palestinians embark on the festivities by having sweetmeat called klaicha, Egyptian Muslims go to Mosques with an empty stomach and later on have an elaborate luncheon with a fish delicacy in the middle of it.
For Muslims all across the country, this is the end of fasting period. Thus they rejoice, not in happiness of the end of fasting period but to thank Allah for giving the endurance to complete them successfully.
So, be it India or Indonesia, Pakistan or USA, the spirit remains the same. All wear new clothes and offer prayers to Allah by reciting Namaz.
Eid Fairs at grand level are organized and people participate and share their happiness with their fellow Muslims. The religion of Islam preaches humanity, brotherhood and love. These fairs are the best way to spread all around the goodness of Allah. And Eid becomes a nice excuse to do it.
We take you through the gala of celebrations of Eid and let you feel the nerve of the world while they are rejoicing in the festivities of Eid. Experience the swing of jollifications at countries where there is a greater density of Muslim population, such as India, Pakistan, USA and UAE. Wishing you all "Eid Mubarak".