Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations

How To Celebrate Eid

Festivals are always exciting and a great time to get together and indulge in celebrations alike. One festival that is celebrated with lot of fervour within the Muslim community is, Eid. This festival is celebrated across the world and marks an end to the holy month of Ramzan, where members of the community fast as a mark of respect. In 2016, Eid will probably be observed on 7th July.

Eid is one of the most important festival and therefore is highly awaited by all.

  • Begin this day with the customary prayers followed by breaking the fast by eating a 'date', as stated in the Quran. Include everyone in the family, especially the children since it is a great way to introduce traditions to them.
  • Eid is also a time to indulge, and what better way than new clothes for everyone. Pick up your favourites and enjoy the day to the fullest!
  • Since it is a day of revelry, invite your friends and family for a great Eid meal. Include the quintessential Eid delicacies like Biryani, Haleem, Kababs, Malpuas and Seviyan. This is a great way for your friends to be acquainted with your culture and be a part of your festivity, especially if you are staying away from home.
  • Exchanging gifts is quite customary on Eid and therefore pick up thoughtful gifts for everyone and watch them smile. You can also set out shopping and buy them gifts of their choice!
  • While men may gather and chit-chat at an Eid gathering, women can indulge in getting themselves some henna tattoos. If you are hosting an Eid party, don’t miss on this aspect.
  • One of the most important customs on Eid is to offer the needy or indulge in charity. You can choose to give away clothes, food or even cash to people outside the mosque or any such place. While families offer to the needy, elders in the family also give away small tokens of cash to young kids.
  • Hugging is also symbolic of Eid, and all women, men and kids do so as a mark of celebration, however with the same gender as theirs.
  • Last but not the least, you can also plan an activity outside your home, post the prayers. This may include a visit to the park or even dining out!

Eid is definitely a festival of observing faith and merrymaking, and therefore should be spent preferably at home in the company of your closed ones.

The Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the Shawwal, the month that comes after the month of Ramadan (a popular festival of the Muslims) in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the Ramadan and allows the Muslims to end their fast which they had started at the beginning of Ramadan. The word ‘Fitr' means to break, which indicates that the Muslims break their fast and evil habits, thus feeling the joy of attaining a sense of spirituality after fasting.

Ideas on How You May Celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr

1. You may celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr by shopping around for new clothes.

2. Go for a gift exchange with your family members and friends.

3. An interesting idea is to engrave your dear ones' names on each ‘Kufi' (round cap) and let them choose a cap to find out to whom that person should offer a gift.

4. An important part of Eid ul Fitr celebrations is to express warm wishes to your neighbors and invite them for a meal.

5. An interesting idea is to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr with poor children. The Muslims are actually advised to offer 3 kilograms of one's daily ration or its equivalent cash to the poor on this occasion.

6. If you're looking for ideas on how to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr, check out how the festival is celebrated across various countries. You'll come to know how best you can enjoy the day.

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