Eid al Fitr
Eid al Fitr is a “festival of the breaking the fast. The festival is celebrated in the ninth month of Islamic calendar when it is the end of fasting month Ramadan. During Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.
When is Eid al Fitr observed?
Every year, the dates of Ramadan and Eid change – as the Muslim calendar. When Prophet Mohammad migrated from Mecca to Medina (Hijr) in 622 AD – is based on the phases of the moon. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad have received the first revelation of Holy Quran this month.
According to a Hadith attributed to Anas ibn Malik, companion of Prophet Muhammad, first Eid was celebrated in 624 AD. After the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.
How to celebrate Eid?
Eid al Fitr festivities begin with the sighting of the crescent moon. According to the Sunnah, people wake up early in the morning and offer their daily prayers known as the Salat ul-Fajr. Then they take a bath and wear Ittar, have their breakfast before heading off to perform special congregational prayers known as Salat al-Eid. Many Muslims recite the takbir (declaration of faith) on the way to the prayer ground and take part in Zakat al-Fitr (charitable contributions).
When will be Eid this year?
This year, Eid al Fitr in India is expected to begin on the evening of June 14, Thursday and end on the evening of June 15, Friday.