- By Rohit
- Dec 20, 2019
Eid means festival in the Arabic language. In the Islamic community, two types of Eid are celebrated one is the Eid-al-Fitr and another is the Eid-al-Adha. The first one comes in the first six months most of the times. According to astrology, the Eid-al-Fitr comes on a new moon day. This was first celebrated by checking the moon positions but now it is celebrated as the new moon is seen is mecca. This is a spiritual and powerful sacred place for Muslims. Muslims on this day prepare delicious cuisine and invite their close family members and friends for lunch or dinner. Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha are celebrated in a year. People make arrangements for the coming festival for several days.
How Muslims Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr?
It is celebrated after Ramadan. Ramadan is a one month fast as stated in the Quran for the honor of Prophet Muhammad who is the founder of the Muslim community. This is a pride and happy moment for all in taking the celebration further from the historical times. This is a three-day-long festival and is known as the smaller Eid. Eid-al-Fitr means the feast to break the fast. Islamic people on this day celebrates by inviting friends and family members and offer seviyan to everyone in the family and neighborhood. People also greet each other by hugging and saying Eid Mubarak to their family members.
On this occasion, sweet dishes are prepared at home and children are surprised with gifts and toys. Poor people are also given something as it is said people should help the needy ones. The celebration practice may vary from country to country. In some of the countries, the festival is celebrated by giving a holiday on this day so the people plan their festival accordingly. In countries like Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia Muslims decorate their homes with so many decorative items like lanterns, flowers, and twinkling lights.
How is Eid-al-Adha is celebrated?
This is called the feast of the sacrifice. The eid-al-Adha comes at the end of the hajj and is celebrated with great joy where Muslims visit their holy temple Mecca which is located in Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic beliefs, it is said that Muslims must-visit mecca in their lifetime. This is a very sacred place of the Muslims and there are several powerful stories behind the mecca temple.
The most powerful and religious story is that god commanded Ibraham to sacrifice his son as a test of honesty. As Ibraham tries to slaughter his son god immediately appears and protects him and as a result, an animal was slaughtered in the case of his son. Since then, it is practiced all over the Muslims community wherever they are living in the entire world.
When Is Eid-al-Fitr And Eid-al-Adha Celebrated?
According to the Islamic calendar, Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the tenth month. The new moon is seen and as it positions in mecca the celebration starts and people pray and hug each other. People offer sweets to each other and visit for dinner. They wear new and clean clothes before they start praying. Whereas eid-al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of the final month as mentioned in the Islamic calendar. In the Islamic calendar, a calculation is precisely on the lunar phases. The dates are calculated according to the lunar phase
Spiritual Meaning To Eid-al-Fitr
It is believed that on this day people should do some charity. Help the needy people only then your prayers will be fulfilled by the god. Pray for others and respect others. These are the points that are mentioned in the holy book Quran. They are very particular about prayer and do namaz every day at least three times a day. On a particular day, they have to visit the Muslim temple or called the dargah and pray. Whatever religion you believe, or whichever holy book you read, everywhere it is mentioned that God is one and only those will experience God's presence who are honest, help needy ones and are not greedy for anything.