After Ramadan, the month of fasting its time to celebrate the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. The sighting of the crescent moon (hilal) on the 29th day of Ramadan marks the beginning of Eid-ul-fitr and the end of Ramadan month. Eid-ul-fitr means to break the fast, for all the Muslims who had fasted Eid-ul-fitr is the occasion of triumph, happiness, joy and to celebrate.
Early morning on the Eid day all the Muslims take bath and have their breakfast of dates and sweets. All of them wear new clothes on this occasion and visit mosque (masjid) to worship Allah. Special Eid ul Fitr prayer ceremony is carried out in open areas and sky.
|All the Muslims recite Takbir given below before the Prayers:
Allahu akbr, allahu akbr la illaha ila Allah wa allahu akbr, allahu akbr wa lillah hilhamd
God is Greatest, God is Greatest There is no deity but [the one] God God is Greatest, God is Greatest And to him goes all praise.
This reciting of the Takbir starts from the time when the crescent moon is sighted and till the prayers are said.Muslims are supposed to pay Zakat al Fitr that is the alms for the Ramadan month. This is given at the nearby mosque to start the Eid prayer and utilize it in the best possible manner. Zakat al Fitr can be in form of money, eatables like dates,wheat,barley,raisins etc.
Eid prayer is followed by the Khutba and finally the Dua asking for forgiveness after which it is customary to embrace the persons sitting on your either side and all your near and dear one’s. Eid prayers are very important apart from the five daily prayers and all the Muslims are required to attend the special prayers in mosque.
Eid is the time for celebrations and all the Muslims celebrate this occasion in their own ways. Females decorate and clean their houses, not only decorating the houses they themselves dress beautifully and apply henna (mehndi) on hands just like men wear new white clothes. Females cook delicious food on Eid day, as there is a get together in their houses. Children enjoy the most as they get gifts and love from all the relatives, as it is the day to exchange gifts. Muslims greet each other by wishing Eid Mubarak, which means Happy Eid.