Over 1.6 billion Muslims all around the world are celebrating the end of Ramadan on July 6, which also marks the beginning of Eid ul-Fitr of the year 2016. Here are the 5 things all you need to know about the celebration of this festival.
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1. Ramadan is the ninth month of the religious Islamic calendar and all around the world the Muslims observe it as a holy month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to the Islamic belief. Muslims refrain from consuming food, drink and engaging in any kind of sexual relations and they devote their entire month offering prayers and recitation of the Quran from sunrise to sunset every day.
2. Eid al-Fitr is considered as one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar and all Muslims on this day thank Allah for giving them the endurance and strength during Ramadan. The date of this day varies from one year to another. The month of Ramadan begins on the first sight of the new moon in the sky and also the sight of the next new moon is considered Eid ul-Fitr
3. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, which is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar and celebrations which include a range of traditions. Muslims gather at local mosques to offer special prayers called Salat al-Eid, Putting on their finest clothes, and have breakfast on the first morning of the celebration.
4 When talking about the Eid prayer it consists of only two units of prayer accompanied by an additional six incantations. The prayer is also followed by the sermon and then by a supplication asking for Allah’s forgiveness, blessings, mercy and peace for all living beings across the world. After these prayers, Muslims visit their friends, relatives and acquaintances or sometimes also hold large communal celebrations in their homes or community centres.
5 Eid ul-Fitr is a three-day feast which is also known as “Sweet Eid” but there’s a reason for this, it’s because of the variety of sweet dishes consumed on this Festival. India,Bangladesh Pakistan and Iran, have their traditional dishes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.