Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eid al Fitr

Eid al Fitr is one of the major holidays in Islam. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Fitr at the end of Ramadan, “the fasting month.” This is the first day of Shawal in the lunar calendar and that’s why it is called Eid al Fitr as it means "breakfast holiday."

Muslims have to pay a "Zakah” charity before Eid al Fitr so they can help the poor also enjoy Eid. Before sunrise on the first day of Eid people take showers, do ablutions and take their kids, dressed in new clothes, to the mosque for Eid prayers. At the mosque, there is "takbir," which is collective chanting of "Allah akber" which means "God is the greatest."

After Eid prayers, people celebrate Eid with their friends and relatives. They visit each other during the 3 days and the main treat they have is Mamool, special cookies filled with dates or nuts, made at home at the end of Ramadan. Many feasts are held for the poor and money is given to kids so they can enjoy Eid.

From the Earth shares with you the happiness of Eid and wishes you a happy holiday season.

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