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    Eid al Fitr 2017



    What is Eid-al-Fitr?

    The literal meaning of Eid is the festive celebration of breaking fast. It is actually a holy festival celebrated to cherish the spirit of Ramzan. This event is a congregation held for the first three days of Shaban.
    Shabaan is the tenth month in the Muslim calendar that comes right after Ramzan. The Muslim Hijri calendar focuses on the movement of the moon. So in the sight of the first moon after Ramzan is the starting of Eid 2017. At the end of a month of fasting in pursuit of religious devotion, Eid-al-Fitr comes as a treat. Muslims do not fast on Eid.

    Eid_al_fitr is the day that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It's the first day the month of Shawwal.  During Eid al-Fitr, many of Muslims attend prayers, listen to a sermon ( Khutba) and give charity in the form of food which is called Zakat al-fitr to the poor.

    Why we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr?

    Ramadan is the holy month associated with purification of soul and getting as close to the Lord as possible. During this time, Muslims pray to Allah and read chapters from the Holy Quran to increase their knowledge and faith in the Creator of Mankind. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims do not eat or drink any food items. The period of fasting refrains us from consuming any food items, foul language, sexual intimacy and evil deeds.

    Muslims read Quran regularly each day and complete it on the last day of Ramadan. This whole journey of prayer and knowledge resembles a mini boot camp in which the Muslims seek training each year. The training with high rigor and zeal acts as a shield to protect them from committing any sins. Fasting makes us feel sympathetic towards those without many resources to enjoy the luxuries of life.

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    We get to feel their hunger and thirst, and the beautiful spirit of empathy grows like a seed in our hearts. By fasting, we become more sympathetic to those who are less fortunate. It brings us closer to the family and community by breaking the fast together and offering Taraweeh respectively. When so much effort gets into achieving the blessings of Allah and gaining his forgiveness, then a celebration becomes a must thing.

    Eid-al-Fitr comes as a commemoration at the end of this period to share happiness and rejoice with the community. It is a merriment of three days for the newly built spiritual connection and cleansing.

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    How to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr?

    Eid-al-Fitr celebrations begin from the sight of the new moon of Shawaal. The evening (Chaand Raat) symbolizes the beginning of the Eid. Women buy pieces of jewelry and bangles on this eve. They adorn their hands with distinct patterns of Henna. From the evening, food preparations for the Eid day begin.

    Various sweets and dishes brighten up the Eid day. Eid is a congregation of the whole friends and family. People working in different stations reach their home on this joyous occasion to share the moments of happiness. On the day of Eid, first, Muslims wake up and offer the pre-dawn prayer Fajr.
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    Then they wear their newly stitched special Eid clothes, dress up and move towards a fixed open space or local mosque. Over there, they offer the special Eid prayer (Salaat-al-Eid). After the prayer, the voice of Eid-Mubarak fills the air. Charitable contributions given on the Eid day are Zakat-al-Fitr. It is a fixed amount, but one can give above that limit as much as he wishes to. This amount helps even the underprivileged individuals to celebrate the day of Eid.



    It is a national holiday for three days, so families plan to visit several recreational spots in the country. Parks and restaurants have a huge crowd with people celebrating Eid. Eid cards and gifts are given to the friends, which strengthen the bond of relationship. As Muslims fast for the whole month, so Eid is a feast with no restriction of eating or drinking.
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    How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr?  

    On the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal,  alot of Muslims keep attending communal prayers and they listen to a sermon or Khutba.  They can hold prayers in large venues or outside,  like sports arenas,  in some countries.  Other Muslims can travel far to share relatives the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. 

    Zakat al-fitr can be given during Ramadan but if a Muslim couldn't do this in Ramadan,  he can give this charity on Eid al-Fitr.  Zakat al-fitr is a kind of charity that consists of food like raisins,  dates, barley or wheat flour, or it can be replaced by money to be given to the poor.  Alot of Muslims can also wear new clothes,  give candy or presents to the kids and visit relatives.   They also make various calls to their relatives to wish them good wishes for the day of Al Eid. All these activities can traditionally last for three days. The common greetings of Eid al-Fitr is ( Eid Mobarak) .

    Most of Muslim countries make the entire three days of Eid al-Fitr an official school /government holiday.  but in other countries,  Eid al-Fitr is not a public holiday like Canada, United States,  Australia and the United Kingdom.  

    Eid-al-Fitr Traditions

    Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated across the globe with great zeal and enthusiasm.

    The traditions vary from country to country but here is the list of a few common rituals most of which are based on Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

    1. To wake up early in the morning and offer the Fajr prayers.

    2. Cleaning teeth with a miswaak.

    3. Applying scent and wearing a new or the best clothes available.

    4. Show happiness and share the joy.

    5. Give as much charity to the needy as you can.

    6. Read Salat-al-Eid after the Fajr prayers in open ground or local masjid.

    7. While going for the Eid prayers, recitation of incarnation (Takbir). Takbir ceases when one arrives at the Masjid.

    8. To reach the masjid on foot for offering the Eid-alFitr prayer.

    9. Give Zakat-al-Fitr. It is the obligatory charity provided by adult men to the poor and needy individuals in the society.

    10. Eat a sweet dish when the men arrive at home after offering Eid prayer.

    11. Giving "Eidi" to children. "Eidi" is the money given on Eid day to buy unique items and celebrate Eid.

    12. Bringing sweets and cakes when visiting the relatives.

    13. Going on different holiday spots to take a break from the usual hectic routine.

    14. Offering unique Eid dresses to the workers and giving them paid leaves so that even they can enjoy the true spirit of Eid.

    15. Using two different routes when going towards the place where Muslims offer Eid prayers and coming back afterward.

    Eid-al-Fitr Wishes: Friends and Family


     Eid is one of the biggest festivals for the entire Muslim community. When the occasion is exceptional, wishes get even more special. After twenty-nine or thirty days of fast, Eid comes as a gift from the Lord. So they share some beautiful Eid wishes via text, emails and greeting cards. They put pictures on Instagram, share snap chat stories and create status on Whatsapp and Facebook of Eid Mubarak. There are many SMS across the web and mobile phones. Some of them are s follow:

    May Allah shower His blessings upon you! Best wishes to you and your family. Happy Eid.
    May your life be always filled with juicy steaks and kebabs. Topped with the sauce of happiness. Best wishes to you and have a happy Eid!
    May Allah accept your prayers, forgive all the transgressions and ease the pain of the people across the globe. Have a very joyful Eid!
    Eid day is there to celebrate achievements and goals that make us happiest of all. Keep dreaming and have a fabulous Eid.
    Happy a euphoric Eid. I pray that all the things you wish for come true. 
    What is Eid?E is for Embrace others with an open heart. I is for inculcating good deeds.D is for the distribution of happiness you gain.
    May Allah bless you on this fantastic event and succeed you in every path of life.
    Wording can differ but the spirit cannot. Eid is a spiritual event celebrated and wished with the same enthusiasm anywhere in the Muslim community.







    Eid Greetings: Whatsapp & Facebook Messages

     Eid greetings are the word of the day at the beginning of one of the most joyous Muslim festival named Eid-al-Fitr. Whether it be friends or family, wishing each
      
    Other love and prosperity is the norm of the day. Some of the fantastic dreams are here below for wishing anyone Eid.
    Enjoy the rollercoaster ride of absolute joy, this year on Eid. Be happy and spread the love.
    Have a fun-filled Eid. You mean a lot to me. May Allah make all your wishes come true. Eid Saeed.
    Have a fabulous Eid filled with sparkling lights and heartfelt wishes. May Allah accept all your prayers of the previous Ramadan.
    Remembering you the gem of a person is the best thing to do. It is because you are early thought every day the complete year through. Have a happy Eid.
    May the blessings of Thy Lord brighten up your day. I wish you peace and prosperity on this auspicious occasion.
    It’s a great accomplishment for fasting and praying a whole month. By facing hardships, we turn to Allah and ask for His forgiveness. May Allah forgive us all and make this Eid as a token of appreciation for our good deeds.
    After a happy Ramadan now is the time for a fabulous Eid. May you and your family enjoy this event a lot. Have fun and share the good things in life!
    Eid Saeed! May the Lord accept your little acts of kindness and worship this Eid. Have a very joyous Eid.






    Eid Messages: SMS Greetings, Whatsapp Status

    Though the message is to spread love and happiness at all times, the phrases are different as per the language and tradition. Here is a great list of words you can use to wish you loved ones, Eid, this year.

    The moon is seen, and samosas are no more that mean. They’ve crossed the iftar time. So they’ll be here the whole day. So just, relax and enjoy Eid to the fullest.
    It’s Eid time. More than a party, this occasion has its charm. It is on the religious motivation and the change we have made to yourself in the month of Ramzan. Have a happy Eid.
    Pray for the best and forget the rest. Enjoy Eid with lots of good things to Eat and cherish.
    May God shower His blessings upon your entire family.
    I know you have not eaten the whole month but don’t consider this Eid an end of life thing.
    We eat to live and not the vice versa. So eat less, stay healthy and enjoy your Eid.
    Never forget the patience you found this Ramadan. It’s a unique and amazing virtue. Once you have it and then all the things turn in your favor. Eid Saeed!  
    The green signal to Eating food is not the green signal to committing sins. So beware of your acts.
    Life is shorts and doing good deeds are hard to earn. So keep up the spirit of Ramadan and implement
    it this Eid and the rest of your life ahead.

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    Eid-al-Fitr 2017 USA

    In America, Eid celebrations are a bit different. It is because America is not a Muslim majority country but still has a sizeable proportion oof Muslims living there. So, Eid bazaars open in the Muslim majority areas. Eid celebrations are distinct as multicultural traditions fill the same space. Chaand Raat (Night of the Moon) is a special event celebrated by the Indian/Pakistani Muslims there. The community members exchange gifts. Countries and location may vary the style of celebrations, but the joy and spirit of Eid are similar everywhere.

    Eid-al-Fitr 2017 UK

    Eid-al-Fitr holidays in the United Kingdom will be for two days as always. These leaves will be starting on Sunday 25th June and will be ended at the midnight of the very next day of Monday 26th June 2017.

    Eid-al-Fitr 2017 Canada

    Like many other on Muslim countries, Eid-al-Fitr is not a public Holiday in Canada. Muslim communities use to adjust their working hours. People (Muslims) who own businesses in Canada usually work in other timings so that congregations cannot be missed. Just like the United Kingdom in Canada Eid will be on exact same days and dates.

    It is a delight for those who show obedience to the Creator of Universe (Allah) and fast to understand the concept of tolerance in Islam. The thirst and hunger for 10 to 20 hours a day help us realize the miseries of the under-privilege individuals in our society. We tend to comprehend how they manage a living under harsh circumstances. Quran, the holy book revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in the month of Ramadan.

    It is the source of final guidance for the entire Muslim body. Eid spiritually arrives as a beginning of a new end. It is an initiation of perceiving others with a clear lens of empathy instead of carelessness. Eid-al-Fitr comes on different days each year, and the precise date is the country’s geographical location. There are National holidays in all Muslim Majority countries on the first three days on Eid-al-Fitr.

    Eid-al-Fitr Celebrations:  

    Eid is celebrated globally with great fervor, but the pattern of holidays vary from culture to culture. In the description below, let’s see how these three countries celebrate Eid-al-Fitr.

    26 comments:

    1. Thanks for the article. I love the video. Happy Eid Muburak.

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    2. Happy Ramadan to all and your family.

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    3. Informative post. I love celebrating eid.

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    4. Happy Ramadan everyone. I am new on this, but I can see it is a really beautiful tradition, religious and social, but also familiar. Thank you for sharing.

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      1. The same to you and yours Nora. This is also for showing yourself you can be better. To show Allah you are a good person and you deserve what he gave you... LIFE and LOVE... and if you have something share with others.

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    5. I really loved this msg "Eid day is there to celebrate achievements and goals that make us happiest of all. Keep dreaming and have a fabulous Eid", because We should believe in our dreams and follow them till the end, and this time could be a wonderful moment to share, embrace and wish them with the heart...

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    6. Fernando Gonzalez22 May 2017 at 12:43

      I have a very close friend who was talking to me about this and what do they do on this time, and I was really listening to him, because I think it is really cool, I like this moment and I was thinking about looking to do it next year. Is it possible?

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    7. It's a bit confusing for me, but maybe it is cause I didn't know about the festival. That part about the months and the moon it is quite of new to me. Even so Happy celebration!

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    8. I think a lot of countries and religions, and cultures have kind of similar celebrations, but all of them are almost the same, this one is about something more traditional. I am not religious at all, but I found this pretty interesting. The thing I really would enjoy the most would be to go to a restaurant and find the cards.

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    9. Allah Blesses you with lot of good things, happiness, joy and that your dreams come true!

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    10. I hope Alla gives you what you desire and what your heart deserves, just let's be with the Lord and share to others the way of light.

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    11. I don't understand what does give as much charity as you can mean? I need to give to other people money or food or it doesnt matter what i give? 'cause i Don't know what charity really means and the limits.

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    12. Graciela Beltran25 May 2017 at 16:43

      I didn't know about this celebration before today. Is it ok if I join next time with my family and maybe some friends? I mean I want a peaceful time with them and this holy moment sounds really good and full of blessings. I am not really into religion, but this is really cool. I wish the best to everybody.

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    13. Is it ok If am not Muslim but I join my muslim friends on this time? It is kinda different in Spain, I mean for them, but it is cool to have a really special moment with their family.

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    14. George Daniells25 May 2017 at 16:59

      Here in Alberta I dont know any muslim, and I really like these things, about religion, mysticism and special celebrations around the world, it sounds really full of peace and love. Allah is making the best job in the world or the universe giving us wisdom and family. Lets enjoy.

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    15. I think this is a modest celebration, but seems really nice

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    16. Iván Hernandez27 May 2017 at 15:43

      For me religion is something pretty hard to be in, i mean if you are not ok with things in your "beliefs" so you are bad, but if you make some things bad because of those beliefs, so there is no problem. I see religion as politics, maybe because there are so many persons in this world so bad using religions and faith as their weapon. Anyway I don't judge if someone wants to believe in anything. Enjoy and live without hurt any other person.

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    17. there so many messages really lovely, to send to people you love and you wish the best for them and their future. I will use some, even if you are not religious or believer, this messages will feed you with positive energy and a lot of light. That is what this celebration is about isnt it?

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    18. Purification of soul? that sound amazing, really! It sounds like your doing magic with your energy, as if we are magic people, don't you think it's be magical if the energy we have inside could heal the bad thins and moment in our past because we belive? nice eh?

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    19. Smile to others, show the good you have inside, that sparkle shinning in your soul, the beutiful light and that magnificent happiness you are keeping.Share the joy and the bst wishes with everybody, even your enemies, that will change the world.

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    20. This isn't a close celebration? i mean, only muslim will do it with their families and relatives right?

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    21. The Eid is to make acts of kindness and goodness for everybody as much as you can, with you family showing the best to The Lord.

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    22. There is only one god in this world, it doesn't matter if you call it Jehova, Alla, or Buda, or maybe just God, it is the greates power, The creator, and the one who gave us life, so we need to give back that with charity and giving what we can to others, so we can show God we deserve his Love.

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    23. Is this like Easter for catholics? or it is nothing like it?

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    24. Im sorry for my English, Im learning it so. But I wanted to comment I really like when people do good for others and make some sacrifice, even a little one, because of the bad things are happening or to find better things for their future.

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