Depending on the nation, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one to three days. Fasting is prohibited on Eid, and a special prayer is designated for this day. Before performing the "Eid prayer," money is paid to the poor and needy as an obligatory act of charity (Zakat-ul-Fitr).
There are certain traditions associated with Eid ul-Fitr that vary depending on the region of the world. Some of these traditions include giving gifts to family members, visiting relatives, eating food that is typical of the season, and more.
In Pakistan, people gather together with friends and family to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. The holiday begins with the sighting of the moon after Ramadan has ended. When the new moon is sighted, it is assumed that Muslims around the world have also started fasting again after breaking their fast during Ramadan. As soon as the new moon is sighted, people will start waking up early in order to have time to attend the morning prayers (Azan). After praying, people will break their fast by eating foods such as dates, milk, and eggs.
During Eid ul-Fitr, shops will close at least once between the hours of sunrise and sunset. This is considered holy time when no business should be conducted. Drivers should take advantage of this opportunity to refuel and rest before starting back up again after nightfall.
Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that commemorates the conclusion of Ramadan and is one of the most happy days in the Islamic calendar (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). Eid al-Fitr is slated to begin on Wednesday, July 6 this year. The holiday ends with a large public feast called "iftar".
Ramadan begins at sunset on the 20th day of each month and lasts for 30 days. During this time, devout Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. They may eat once after nightfall (suhoor) and before sunrise (fajr), but nothing else. Water is allowed, but food is better for keeping you strong during these difficult times.
Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid ul-Adha or Eid, is a religious observance celebrated by Muslims around the world after Ramadan. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is considered the second-most important holiday after Eid ul-Fitr. Eid al-Adha will be held on Thursday, August 7 this year.
Eid al-Adha celebrates the prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son Isaac. According to the Quran, Allah required Abraham to sacrifice his son because he wanted to prove his love for Him.
Eid al-Fitr celebrations normally last three days, one day less than Eid al-Adha celebrations. Muslims are urged to donate and seek forgiveness during Eid al-Fitr, as well as to look forward to the opportunity to fast again during Ramadan the following year.
Eid al-Fitr dates back to the first Islamic civil war, when Abu Bakr sent gifts to the leaders of Syria and Egypt - who were still using swords before Islam. The leaders accepted his gifts and agreed to stop fighting each other after the end of the religious holiday of Hajj. This is why Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr for three days: so that everyone has time to receive gifts and rewards from their leader (the caliph).
During the medieval times, the date for Eid al-Fitr was determined by the government officials. They would decide on which day to start the holiday season based on various factors such as how many days have passed since the end of Ramadan and whether or not it is a holy month for religionists. For example, if Ramadan ends on a Sunday, then Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Monday; but if it ends on a Saturday, then the next day will be Eid al-Fitr.
Nowadays, with most countries adopting a federal system of government, the decision of when to begin the holiday season is up to the individual states or provinces.