Another special time of the year is just around the corner and it gives us another chance to hope for new beginnings. As we dismiss the holy month of Ramadan, we welcome the joy and blessings of Eid. A celebration carried out differently in various part of the world, but certainly has common rituals which are equally shared by the global Muslim community.
Although, this Eid Al-Fitr won’t be the exact same in terms of the festive atmosphere and sense togetherness, we are still able to carry out the basic traditions and customs with our close family members. Most importantly, we should aim to fill our homes with happiness and allow these precious moments to give us a little break from our ongoing distress and boredom. Whether it’s performing Eid prayer, giving out ‘edeya’ or eating Kahk, all of this can still be done and felt.
Here are the main traditions associated with Eid Al-Fitr:
The appearance of new moon marks the day of Eid Al-Fitr, which is why some parts of the world celebrate on different dates. However, most regions celebrate at the same time once the moon has been confirmed and in accordance to the Islamic calendar.
Buying new clothes
Generally speaking, muslims look forwards to this exciting celebration and most will bath and wear a brand new outfit on the first day. It’s part of a spiritual renewal and a pleasant way to present oneself for a cheerful Eid.
Performing Eid prayer
It’s more than simply breaking our fast and having fun, it all begins with standing beside our Muslim brothers and sisters to worship and seek peace, forgiveness and mercy. The Eid prayer is unique in that it involves Takbeer, repeating “Allah is great” many times.
Food, food and more food
Yes, we fast for 30 days and enjoy a delicious variety of sweets and savouries, just to go into a more delightful feast. Because Eid is also about sharing and belongingness, families prepare large quantities of irresistible food and settle down to enjoy it together.
Giving gifts and money
Similar to a Christmas celebration, it’s a time where people buy gifts for their loved ones and give ‘Edeya,’ which is money, to their children. Expressing love and care in all it’s forms is a big part of Eid and it brings people closer to one another.
Paying Zakat Al-Fitr
It’s important that we remember to give something to the less fortunate too, they also need to feel the difference between Eid and normal days. In fact this is an Islamic ritual, and also a thoughtful practice that gives Muslims good deeds that they require.
Eating Kahk and biscuits
By all means, this is one of the best things about Eid Al-Fitr and surely satisfying for our taste buds. Although these bakes can be eaten anytime during the year, there is something special about making and eating them on Eid.