Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Adha

on Sunday, August 11, 2013

In Arabic Eid is a word that means to celebrate happiness, this is a religious festival for Muslims to celebrate and have a great time. In Islam, there are two Eids celebrated throughout the world, one is Eid-ul-Fitr and the other one is Eid-ul Adha. We should know that Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated after the month of Ramadan while Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Zul Hajj after a sacrifice of an animal.

No matter whichever of the two Eids it is, it is always a day of celebration and happiness for Muslims all over the world. The Islamic calendar is seen as the lunar calendar, and the changing of the months depends on the showing up of the moon. Whenever the moon is sighted, we can discern when it is time to begin the Eid Day celebrations. We all know that Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated on the 10th of Zul Haj, but when it comes to Eid-ul-Fitr there are always people guessing if it will be after the 29th or 30th of Ramadan.

We should keep in mind that Eid-ul-Fitr begins with the moon sighting. There are individuals who always have plans set up for “Chaand Raat”. After iftar on the twenty-eighth of Ramadan, people go to locate the crescent and get the sighting of the moon. When they see the moon, they hug each other and wish their friends “Eid Mubarak”. If the moon is not seen in a particular area the people sit in front of their television and wait for an announcement. On Chaand Raat, there is a lot of shopping madness that goes around. It seems as if everyone is rushing to the stores to engage in last minute shopping. On the day of Chaand Raat, all of the stores remain open all night so that people can have a great time shopping. Some of the girls even enjoy putting on Henna art so that they can look beautiful when they get all dressed up on Eid Day.

When it comes to Eid Day, people in the family wake up early and put on their special clothes. Then men go to mosques for Eid prayers. When they come back home, they enjoy the day with their family. In case of young children, they have their own way of celebrating Eid. They like to get dressed in their favorite clothes and have fun with their friends. There are even times when the elders give the little children money on Eid in order to make them happy.

Eid is a day of being happy with our loved ones. We, as Muslims, should think of this day as a great gift from Allah. On Eid, we should thank Him for all the blessings that He has provided us and express our gratitude. If we are able to show Allah that we love him, then He will be happy with us and shower us with numerous blessings.

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