Eid-ul-Fitr

eid-ul-fitr-01Eid ul Fitr is the most awaited festival of the country. It is celebrated on the 1st of Shawal the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid ul Fitr is celebrated to commemorate the end of Ramadan. Ramadan the 9th Islamic month is the month of fasting. Muslims are directed not only to abstain from food and drink but also from sex, carnal thoughts, anger, lies, betrayal, deception and other weaknesses. Fasting is mainly to purify a person physically and spiritually. On the 29th of Ramadan, people gather on their roof tops to sight the moon. The sighting of the moon is followed by a burst of joy and festivity which lasts for three days. The cries of “Eid Mubarak” (Happy Eid) fill the air.

The night prior to Eid is called “chand raat”. It is specially enjoyed by the young people who rush to the malls for last minute shopping. Girls adorn their hands with beautiful henna patterns and buy glass bangles which match with their suits.

eid-ul-fitr-02On Eid morning, men go to the mosques to offer special Eid prayers. The women say their prayers at home. The women prepare special dishes like sweet vermicelli cooked in milk and dry fruits and spicy chick peas etc. Everybody dresses up in new clothes. The elders give eiddie a sum of money to the younger ones. Relatives, friends and neighbors visit each other.

The poor are not ignored on this joyful day. Most of the families give new clothes to their servants. The servants are also given eiddie. Money is given as charity through out the month of Ramadan to help the poor and the needy.

Eid ul Fitr is a very important day which brings happiness to all and is celebrated with fervor by all.

The Top 3 Festivals in the Islam Religion

the-top-3-festivals-in-the-arab-religionThe Top 3 Festivals in the Islam Religion
Arab religion, as some in the western world know it, is known by other names in its native lands. On Arabic shores, the main religion is called Islam, assuming that is what is referenced by Arab relegion. It’s one of the largest religions in the world with numerous festivals all year round. Three of those festivals include:The Mawlid an Nabi
The Eid-ul-FitrThe Eid-ul-Adha
Of these three, the bottom two festivals are very important in the Arab Religion. Muslims around the world celebrate these with the purpose of cherishing what the Prophet has left them with. The Eid-ul-Fitr marks the festive last day of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It’s basically a festival of great celebration among most Muslim countries and is held as a public holiday there. The Eid-ul-Adha marks the festival of sacrifice which represents the end of the Hajj or holy pilgrimage, which is considered something a Muslim ought to do in their life. The Mawlid is a festival marking the day of the Prophet’s birth. It’s a day when stories of the prophet’s  (Peace be upon Him) lifetime are told to the younger generations. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the most respected personality for the Muslims.