Eid-ul-Fitr 2024: Significance of one of Muslim's most important festivals

09 April,2024 08:44 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

After a month long fasting during Ramadan, the Muslim community around the world prepares to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2024

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After a month long fasting during Ramadan, the Muslim community around the world prepares to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, one of Muslim's most important festivals.

Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated upon the completion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, prayer, and contemplation observed by Muslims around the world.

The Eid holiday is deeply religious and culturally significant, representing spiritual renewal, gratitude, and community harmony. The Muslims begin the day of Eid with morning prayers. Muslims congregate for special prayers known as Salat al-Eid or Eid prayers, which are held in mosques or open fields to praise Allah for His blessings and request forgiveness for any shortcomings throughout Ramadan.

The festival begins with the sighting of the new moon, which marks the end of Ramadan and the start of Shawwal, the tenth month on the Islamic lunar calendar.

One of the most treasured parts of Eid-ul-Fitr is the attitude of kindness and compassion that pervades the festivities. Muslims are encouraged to do Zakat al-Fitr, a type of almsgiving, so that the less fortunate members of the community might join in the festivities.

The act of giving promotes solidarity and compassion exemplifying Islam's teachings on social justice and caring for others.

Eid-ul-Fitr reflects Islam's essential principles of faith, compassion, generosity, and community. It highlights the value of spiritual commitment, social duty and unity in the pursuit of morality and justice.

Another important aspect of Eid-ul-Fitr is the festive feasting and gift exchanging amongst family and friends. After a month of fasting from dawn to sunset, Muslims gather to enjoy wonderful meals and sweet desserts as a symbol of Allah's wealth of blessings. Traditional foods vary by culture and area, but the attitude of hospitality and charity is universal.

Eid-ul-Fitr is said to be a time for Muslims to reconcile and forgive as they strive to repair relationships and establish friendships with loved ones. It is an opportunity to let go of grudges, heal conflicts and spread love and goodwill.

Beyond its religious significance, Eid-ul-Fitr is also culturally significant, representing a vibrant manifestation of Muslim identity and tradition. From bright dress and festive decorations to gatherings. Eid celebrations foster a sense of connection among Muslims around the world.

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