India is the land of festivals. As Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Eid is celebrated by Muslims, with pomp and vigour. It celebrates the end of 29 to 30 days of fasting during Ramazan. Eid is also called as Sugar feast. It is celebrated by visiting family, going out with friends, and exchanging gifts and even sweets.
Islam’s prophet Mohammed said, “Fast when you see new moon and break the fast when you see new moon”, which encourages Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset in the month of Ramadan. It is considered the holy month in Islamic calendar, as it is believed that during these days, Prophet Mohammed was blessed with Islam spiritual knowledge. Although fasting is common, regular prayers, charity, and giving up desires. They feel that when they strictly adhere to these customs, one can be free from the cycle of birth and death and come closer to Allah.
This month long ritual involves waking up before dawn and beginning the day with morning prayers. They have to have a full meal called “Sehri” before dawn. During day time, they should refrain themselves from drinking water or food. They are allowed to break the fast after sunset with a meal. Fasting gives the person control over his mind and body. It also helps in cleansing the body. The night before Eid is called ”ChaandRaat”. They break the fast by seeing the moon. People donate the poor with food and clothing on behalf of their family before Eid. They all meet at an open ground or park for the prayer. After “Salat” people hug and greet each other.
It gives them a chance to forgive and forget their rivals and lead a complete peaceful life. Eid is celebrated across the globe with a touch of difference. It is celebrated in Australia, Nigeria, Fiji, South Africa, India, United Kingdom, China, America, Canada, South Asia, etc. It is not necessary to be a Muslim to become a part of the celebrations. Travelling at the end of this month can be a great bargain. Lower price value of air tickets and accommodation is guaranteed.
Istanbul is the most visited place, which offers 50% off on hotel rates compared to other days of the year. Bangkok and Malaysia are the next popular destinations which offer 25% off. Europe has a cool climate and is the most preferred, but its prices are high.
Some websites like kayak.com allow you to compare the prices in different cities. They offer special deals on hotels like “stay three, pay two”. They also lure the customers by offering gift vouchers, beauty treatments. At the end of Ramadan, many people travel to Zurich, Europe, and Berlin. As the kids have three week break, this would be popular destinations. Some airlines like Etihad Airlines and Fly Dubai offer return tickets to Muscat and Oman at a reduced price. So you should book early to take advantage of the discount. This year Eid begins in the evening of 7th of August and ends in the evening of 8th of August.
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