Eid is mainly the festival of Muslims. Generally, Muslim celebrates three eids, namely, Eid-ul-Zuha, Eid-e-Milad, and Eid-ul-Fitr.
Among the three Eids, Eid-ul-Fitr is the most important celebrated by Muslims. Eid-ul-Fitr is an Islamic holiday. Muslims celebrate this day after fasting during the holy month of Ramzan. Ramzan has great importance for Muslims. During this time, Muslims live a holy life. They believe it to be a period to purify the soul. They read prayers to the God five times in a day. This is known as Namaaz.
The purpose of Ramzan is to thank Allah for giving the strength to obey his order. It marks the end of one-month long fast of Ramzan. It is therefore, an occasion of rejoicing and festivity. Eid-ul-Fitr is a community feast.
During the one-month of Rmazan, Muslims observe fast from morning till sunset. They do not touch food or drink. The main aim of the fast is to achieve purity of body and mind and obtain self-control to come near Allah-the pure one. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was revealed on this day adding to the significance of the day. Muslims celebrate this festival in a grand manner by community prayers, common meals, giving gifts to the poor, etc.
All the Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr all over the world. It is the happiest day of the year for the Muslims. The preparation of Eid-ul-Fitr’s big meal beings a night before the actual day.
In the morning of Eid, everybody gets up early in the morning to get ready new and their best clothes to go the mosque for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. All the Muslims assemble at idgah and mosques to offer prayer at fixed time. They all stand together and read the prayer together. It is characterized by wishing ‘Eid Mubarak’ and sharing of meals. They all greet each other. There is no distinction between the rich and poor.
This if followed by a big meal at home, and greetings and the gifts are exchanged. Eid-ul-Fitr really begins with the moon sighting.
It marks the beginning of new life for the Muslims after a period of self-control and fast. It is a festival that brings people together and binds them. It teachers brotherhood, love and sympathy.