Every year across the world Muslims gather together to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr “the festival of breaking the fast” this marks the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
During the holy month of Ramadan, practicing Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.
Celebrations begin with a special early morning prayer in mosques and open-air areas and later move on to feasts and festivals.
This festival is infused with different traditions that vary in different countries. “Eidi” – a token gift by elders to children on Eid day is one of them. Sweet dishes are specially prepared and exchanged. Indian subcontinent has tradition of making “Sheer Khurma”, a sweet dish made from milk and dry fruits. People buy new clothes for themselves and for their family.
Muslims greet each other with the phrase “Eid Mubarak” ie “Blessed Eid”. This greeting is used during Eid al-Fitr and during Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). Arabic speakers generally add “Kul’am wantum bikhair” also, which means “Wishing you well every year” in English.
The occasion is seen as a time of forgiveness and being grateful to Almighty Allah for everything. Many Muslims show their gratitude to Allah by donating food or clothes to the less privileged.
Muslims in Saudi Arabia, UAE and some other parts of the world celebrated Eid on Sunday. Many countries in South East Asia witnessed the Moon last night and have celebrated today.
Social media platforms including Twitter had an early beginning to the virtual celebration. Many users shared solo pictures of themselves on the micro-blogging website.
Different world leaders have also greeted the Muslims,
The Canadian Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau extend greetings on the festival of Eid al-Fitr with a video that shows him helping out at the Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto. He writes, “Happy Eid al-Fitr! The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all – no matter our backgrounds, we’re in this together.”
He also posted official statement on twitter,
Eid Mubarak! My best wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr tonight. https://t.co/HD5iqu5tIV
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 25, 2017
US President Donald Trump sent warm greetings to Muslims celebrating the holy festival.
“On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” Trump said in a statement. “During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill.”
“With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
Although this year White House administration has broken the tradition of hosting an event to recognize the holy month, an ongoing affair since Bill Clinton’s time.
Mr. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India on Sunday (India celebrated Eid-al-fitr on Monday) through his monthly Radio program “Mann ki Baat” said, “The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, my best wishes to all”.