Meaning of Eid-ul-fitr
Eid-ul-fitr is the word of arabic language which means “festival of ending the fast”.
“Eid” is termed as happiness, enjoyment, celebration and feast. “fitr” is termed as breaking of fast or ending of fast.
Importance of Eid in Islam
In islam there are two Eid festivals one is Eid-ul-fitr also called as small Eid and second is Eid-ul-doha also called as Bakra Eid.
Ramazan has alot of Importance as the Holy Quran has come down to earth in this month on Shab-e-Qadr. Shab-e-Qadr means Night of Power or Night of destiny in which the first verses of Quran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
In holy Quran Allah has said that Roza(fast) is fard(Compulsary) for every Muslims. Thus the whole month people fasts and reads Quran.
Muslims fast for full month of Ramzan after sighting the moon of “Ramzan“. They do not eat or drink anything for whole day that is from every sunrise(dawn) to sunset(dusk) they do not take any thing.s
It is a believed that fasting in the month of Ramzan purifies the soul. The prayers and fasting save them from going to hell and opens the doors of heaven.
Muslims observe fast, offers regular prayers in the form of “Namaz“, read the holy book Quran, give alms to poor and serve food to others.
Charity is also done in this month. According to islamic beleif everyone should give some percentage of their income in the form of “Zakat” or “Sadqa” to the needy people and to the society for the welfare of the society. That is why this month is known as a holy month.
Eid is mainly celebrated by Muslims all over the world. After the end of month of Ramazan Muslim celebrates this religious fest.
Every year it is celebrated at 1st Shawal. “shawal” is the 10th month of islamic calender.
Eid indicates the end of holy month Ramazan and celebrated enthusiastcally.
Eid festival in India
India is the land of festivals. Here one can find Unity in diversity. In India people celebrates many festivals like Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Baishaki, Onam, Eid, etc. Among all of them my favourite is Eid.
Eid is mainly celebrated by Muslim. Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr is the greatest festival of the Muslims.
It is not only celebrated in India but all over the world with great pomp and show, zeal and happiness.
Preparation for Eid
Eid preparation starts from more then one month ago. People starts their shopping with great excitement. Woman buy dresses, sandles, bangles, and all beauty stuff where as man buy shoes, Kurta and other things.
When the new moon of Eid is sighted everyone says “Chand Mubarak” and the preparation are started for the next day. Girls put Mehendi on their hand. They decorate their houses for Eid Celebration.
On the Eid day, people get up early in the morning. They take bath and wear new dresses and man visits to open ground or mosque to offer prayers in the form of “Namaz” meanwhile Woman starts preparing food at the house.
After Eid namaz people embrace one another and exchange Eid greeting.
Everybody says “Eid Mubarak” or “Happy Eid” to one another. Everybody goes to the houses of their relatives and friends to meet them.
The special dish that is prepared on Eid is “Sewain” and “Shirkurma” that is offered to everyone who came to the house for celebration.
Every Youngers get “Eidi” and gift from their elders. In this way the whole day the celebration goes on.
In some places Eid fair are also organized for the celebration where everybody enjoy a lots.
Eid is the festival of joy and celebration. After whole month of fasting and prayers every Muslim celebrates this day in the hope that “Allah” had accepted their “Namaz”, fasting and good virtues.
Allah will fulfill every offers and prayers they have done in this month.
It is also a festival of brotherhood. Every People of various religion celebrates it. Everyone goes to their friend’s house for celebration.
Therefore this festival gives us a message to love all and hate none. It also teach sympathy and brotherhood.