Eid-Ul-Fitr – Significance and Celebration Eid Mubarak
Eid or Eid Al-Fitr is a highly significant religious and auspicious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world. Eid al-Fitr also called as Eid ul-Fitr, denotes the end of Ramadan month, i.e., the sacred month of fasting in Islam. This auspicious Eid is the first and the only day in the month of Shawwal in which Muslims are not allowed to observe a Fast. Eid is celebrated worldwide to mark the successful completion of 29 or 30 days of fasting during the period of Ramadan.
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Muslims all over the world believe that they are instructed by Allah, as revealed in the holy Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan to offer the Zakat-al-Fitr (charity) before offering their prayers on this day.
Prayers and Eidgah
The date for the beginning of Ramadan month shifts based on the predictions and sightings of the new moon by local religious experts. In this way, the day of festivity changes for every region every year.
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Eid al-Fitr has a particular Islamic prayer which is made up of two units of “rakah”. This prayer is offered in an open area or in a big large hall or in mosques. The prayer is performed in the group or and includes six different ways of raising hands to the ears (Takbirs) while reciting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Rituals Associated With Eid-Ul-Fitr
Muslims across the world celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with much enthusiasm to mark the end of Ramadan month. Eid is always celebrated on new moon day or when the new moon is visible to the naked eye. Only when the moon is clearly visible in the sky, then only the Ramadan fast can be broken, as per the Islamic rituals.
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Ramzan Eid or opening of the fast is called Eid al-Fitr which is the most commended celebration by the Muslim all around the globe. Some important rituals that are followed on this day include
- The rituals for Eid-Ul-Fitr begin quite early in the morning. The devotees get up early and take a bath.
- They need to take a sweet, preferably a date fruit, before they go to offer their prayers to Allah.
- Paying Zakat-al-Fitr (charity) before they can offer their Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers. On this day, it is important for the devotees to donate as much as they can. People donate food and clothes to the poor and the needy. It is a highly significant ritual that must be performed by all on this day.
- Before beginning mass prayers, every individual recites Takbir praying to the almighty with utmost devotion seeking his blessings.
- Mass prayer or ‘ Namaz’ is performed after this. During Namaz, every individual offer prayers to Allah and seek for his forgiveness, mercy and blessings.
- Post the prayer, people meet each other and exchange greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’
Eid Ul Fitr 2018 Date
The actual date of Eid Ul Fitr depends upon the sighting of the moon. You can check Eid ul-Fitr 2018 dates on mPanchang. Eid ul-Fitr comes on the last day of Ramadan month, which is set apart as the first day of Shawwal as per the Muslim Calendar.