There are two Eids celebrated in the Muslim world. Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. An individual has to refrain him/herself from drinking, eating or having sexual intercourse. The term ‘roza’(fast) is an Arabic word means abstinence. Eid is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal, that is, the tenth month of the Hijri calendar. This occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr usually starts off by prayers in the mosques where the Muslim community gathers to not only offer their Eid prayers but also to meet their friends and family and to join them in the Eid celebrations. During the celebrations, Muslims exchange gifts, greeting their neighbors, friends and family as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood. The whole day is an ongoing affair filled with food especially sweets. In some parts of the world and especially in Pakistan the elders give “Eidee” to the young ones. This Eidee is basically money given to the kids so that they can buy toys and candy to celebrate the day. It thus makes the Eid a long awaited day for the young ones!
Muslims believe that fasting refreshes a sense of responsibility within them. The month long fasting ends with Eid-ul-Fitr that symbolizes a reward for their fasting and self control. Muslims on this day traditionally wear their best clothes and offer ‘namaz’ (prayer) at mosques. After offering their prayers they exchange good wishes of the festival with other people. They also donate money to the poor on the auspicious occasion. The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr not only has religious essence but also carries a social connotation. Like other festivals, Eid-ul-Fitr is also observed with great enthusiasm. Delicious food and drinks are an indispensable part of the day. People decorate their houses and prepare delicious traditional sweets and cuisines to celebrate with their friends and family. The most common dish on this day is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli) prepared from various healthy and mouth-watering ingredients and recipes.
This year Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, July 28th in the United States to mark the end of Ramadan. The most common wish on this day is “Eid Mubarik” (Happy Eid).