Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the
Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning 'festivity', while
Fitr means 'to break the fast'. Muslims celebrate 'Eid ul Fitr on the first day
Id-Ul-Fitr is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the Islamic calendar
and it occurs after the sighting of the new crescent moonwhich signals the end of
the month of Ramadan.
The exact date of this holiday will depend on when the crescent moon will be sighted
after the new moon. This may vary on the location from where the moon is observed.
On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family awakes very early, does the
first everyday prayer, and is required to eat a little, symbolizing the end of
Ramadan. For the children who kept their first fast, their Eid is special.
In United States, the Muslims get up early to offer prayers at the mosque or on
their outdoor space. They get new clothes for this occasion and decorate their homes
with special lighting. The Muslims also offer money to the poor on the Eid. They take
delight in preparing recipes and sharing a special meal with their friends and
family. They also thank God for all the good things they've received in their lives.
In India, it is a national holiday. On this special day, the Muslims try out different
recipes including sweet delicacies. Most of them indulge in Eid Ul Fitr celebrations
by preparing a special dish - the 'Siwaiyaan'. This recipe is actually made of toasted
sweet vermicelli noodles, dried fruits, and milk. This is the day where Muslims send
Eid Ul Fitr cards to their loved ones and convey their best wishes on this festive
Many of the basic values of the Muslims are empathy for the poor, charity, worship,
steadfastness, patience etc. Fasting is also believed by some scholars to extol fundamental
distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm.
It teaches a Muslim to stay away from wordly desires and to focus entirely on the Lord
and thank him for his blessings. It is a rejuvenation of the religion and it creates a
stronger bond between the Muslim and his Lord. After the end of Ramadan, is a big
celebration of Eid.
In United Arab Emirates, people usually wear white dresses with a long traditional
'Thoub' and 'Ogal'. The 'Ogal' is a scarf having check patterns, it is attached with
a black turban. Wearing these white dresses, the people offer prayers at the mosque.
On the Eid Ul Fitr, festive fairs are held throughout the United Arab Emirates. The
women paint their hands with henna and prepare sweets to gift to their dear ones on
In Turkey, the Eid Ul Fitr is known as the Ramazan Bayrami. People in Turkey dress
up in special clothes for the Eid and visit the cemetery to pay respect to those who've
passed away. They do kissing the right hand of a senior person and placing it on one's
forehead while wishing that the person enjoys the festival with mirth and joy.
In Canada, people wake up early in the morning and offer outdoor prayers. Also wear the
finest clothes and decorate their homes with special lighting. People gather together
in Ottawa to celebrate the festive occasion.
Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating the
achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of
congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity.
Eid ul-Fitr is a unique festival. Id-Ul-Fitr is a great day of festival for Muslims.
It is a day of rejoicing and being happy.