As with other festivals (Christmas, Diwali, Easter e.t.c.), Eid al-Fitr celebrations entail beautiful traditions. This includes gathering friends and relatives, praying and feasting together, as well as exchanging gifts, and sending best wishes.
In addition to the extraordinary traditions and celebrations, there are some interesting facts about the festival. Want to know more? Check out this post to discover interesting facts about the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday.
11 Facts about Eid Al-Fitr Muslim Holiday
Here is a well-detailed list of facts about the Eid holiday.
Marks the End of Fasting
Muslims fast from sun up to sundown during Ramadan in honor of the month when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month and the end of fasting.
The Date of Eid is determined by the Moon
Eid is generally observed on the 29th day of the previous month when the moon is visible. Should the moon not be visible, Eid is observed the following day. Some Muslims celebrate Eid when the new moon appears over Mecca rather than their own locations to make it more uniform.
A Three Day Muslim Festival
It is a three-day celebration that involves praying, eating, family gatherings, exchanging gifts, and giving to the needy, although some countries make it four days.
Eid Mubarak is a common saying
In observance of Eid al-Fitr, people visit their local Masjid for prayers and say “Eid Mubarak.” This means “Blessed Eid” or “Happy Eid.”
5. Muslims cleanse their bodies and wear new clothes
Muslims perform morning prayers by cleansing their bodies in a ritual known as “ghusl.” As akin to getting new clothes for Easter Sunday, Muslims wear new outfits or apply elaborate henna patterns to their hands.
While some people wear traditional clothing, others prefer trendy outfits.
Gifts are exchanged during Eid al-Fitr. They are an excellent way to convey your feelings. They increase the charm of the occasion, whether for expressing the feelings of the heart or conveying best wishes.
Offerings include accessories, money, flowers, and sweets which are accompanied by Eid Mubarak messages. These gifts are known as “Eidi.”
Feasting is a norm
In celebration of this festival, Muslims eat delicious and traditional sweet dishes. Families gather at one place to share a proper meal together. This creates the best memories.
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Prayers are held in mosques or in public places. Afterward, they can visit loved ones’ graves and offer prayers for their souls. The holiday is meant to thank Almighty Allah for giving believers the strength to fast in Ramadan, recite the Quran and have abundance to help the needy.
Eid comes twice a year
Muslims celebrate Eid twice a year according to the Hijri calendar. Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Zuha are the two main holidays. Besides this, it is also referred to as “Meethi Eid”.
The White House held its first Eid Al-Fitr in 1996
It was First Lady Hillary Clinton who hosted the first official Eid al-Fitr dinner in 1996, and the Clintons continued the tradition each year after. The practice of hosting a Ramadan or Eid dinner has been carried on by every president since George W. Bush hosted one annually until Barack Obama hosted his last one in July 2016.
Giving to the poor and needy at the end of the fasting month is a form of donation. Zakat is meant to cleanse the soul of a Muslim of any sins committed during Ramadan and to promote peace and happiness within.
Eid is a time when Muslims celebrate God’s blessings, extend grace to others, and offer thanksgiving prayers. These interesting facts about the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Fitr will boost your joy on this special occasion.