When is Eid-al-Fitr?
Eid-al-Fitr in Pakistan is expected to be celebrated on 5th June 2019. And in the European and Middle Eastern countries as the moon is sighted earlier, so Muslims living in these countries will celebrate eid on 4th June 2019.
What is Eid-al-Fitr?
Eid-al-Fitr is a religious festival or occasion celebrated by the Muslims all over the world after the Holy month of Ramadan. It is celebrated on first Shawal after fasting of 29/30 days when new moon of Shawwal is sighted by Ulma-e-karam.
Muslims celebrated Eid after Ramadan to celebrate their successful completion of the Holy month of Ramadan. Their sins have washed away by Allah Almighty and they have grabbed the blessings of God in Ramadan that’s why they celebrate their happiness in the form of Eid.
Eid-al-Fitr means “reward” that is given to us in the form of joy, satisfaction and hope after we have fasted for one full month. We have the satisfaction of having purified ourselves, bodily and spiritually.
It is compulsory for the Muslims to pay Sadqa-e-Fitr before eid because if one does not pay this sadqa his or her fasting does not be accepted by Allah Almighty. Sadqa-e-Fitr can be given in the form of money to the poor and needy persons of the society so that they can also celebrate this religious festival. Allah also give sawab to that muslim who pay this sadqa.
How Eid-al-Fitr is Celebrated:
After sighting the moon of Shawal Muslims start preparations of eid. The night before the first day of eid is known as Chand Rat. Muslims who are in atikaf comes out from atikaf to celebrate eid on next day. On chand rat young girls and boys and children as well dance and sing songs, many of them go for shopping with their families and markets and bazars are decorated on chand rat, hustle and bustle can be seen in markets, girls buy bangles, jewelry and mehndi to celebrate eid.
On the day of eid a special kind of salah known as Eid Salah is offered by the male Muslims in mosques, after this salah they pray for the happiness, peace and prosperity not only for Muslim Ummah but also for their country.
The most important thing of Eid-al-Fitr is Edi which is given in the form of cash. Edi is given by the elders to their young members of family, it is the most appealing part of eid. Children spend this edi to buy different things of their choice on eid.
Dishes which add more Sweetness to Eid
Eid-al-Fitr is also known as Meethi Eid. Women cook sweet dishes to welcome eid. Sawayan or Sheer khurma is cooked especially to eat in the eid morning. Apart from Sheer khurma other dishes which are cooked on eid days are Cakes, mithaii Nehari, Paaye, Palao, Chat and many other traditional dishes.
Guests, family friends and love ones visit each other homes to greet each other. Relatives and loved ones visit each other and give Eidi ( eid money) to children and the loved ones. Children play and jump in the open places to enjoy eid. Eid is celebrated for three consecutive days so families arrange get togethers or eid parties to meet and greet and divide the happiness of eid.
Eid is one of the blessings Of God to Muslims so we must be thankful to it and must celebrate it with great zeal, but most important of that we must not forget the poor,needy and miserable people on this very important day, we must give money or other moral support to them so that they may also celebrate this beautiful festival.
Eid Mubarak to you in advance 🙂