The end of an auspicious month of Ramadan is marked with the onset of Islamic thanksgiving festival Eid. Eid is one of the most important festivals of Muslims that is celebrated all over the world. It falls on the first day of Shawwal, i.e. the tenth moth of the Islamic calendar and goes on for 3 consecutive days. It is considered as a day of joy and happiness for Muslims who bid goodbye to the holy month of fasting.
The significance of this festival is completely spiritual. Eid-ul-Fitr holds special importance in every Muslim’s life and was originated by Prophet Mohammad as a day of feasting and delight for the Muslims, in remembrance of the Almighty. Muslims observe fasting for one complete month, where they not only abstain themselves from food and water, but also from worldly pleasures and wrong doings. It is a month to reflect on oneself and realise the importance of the bounties of nature.
Distribution of charity or Zakat, is an important aspect of the festival. Every Muslim must donate a sum to the poor and destitute. It can either be in the form of money or food. It is done to take a moment out of our lives and think about the problems of the underprivileged.
The day begins with morning Eid prayer after which Muslims greet each other warmly. The festival promotes brotherhood and forgiveness. Relatives and friends visit each other and offer sweets and gifts. Different food items are also prepared like meethi sewain, kheer and therefore the festival is also known as ‘Meethi Eid’. Enthusiasm fills the whole atmosphere and the spirit of joyousness surrounds the celebration of Eid.
[author image=”http://www.aapkatimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Munazza-Ansar.jpg” ]I am Munazza Ansar, pursuing Bachelor’s in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia University. I have a keen interest in writing about the prevalent social issues and working for them.[/author]