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Id ul Fitr

Id-ul-Fitr in India

Eid-ul-Fitr, popularly known as the "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast", occurs as soon as the new moon is sighted at the end of the month of fasting, namely Ramadan. This festival celebrates the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing.

 
Fitr is derived from the word ‘fatar’ meaning breaking. Fitr has another meaning derived from another word fitrah meaning ‘alms’.Special foods and delicacies are prepared for the day and are distributed among neighbours and friends.
 

The devotees gather in the mosques to pray, friends and relatives meet and exchange greetings. Prayers, family get-togethers and feasts are the major highlights of the festival.

 
Unlike most festivals, Ramadaan doesn’t fall on any particular day. Ramadaan is the ninth month of the Islamic year. It is usually a time for increased religious devotion and self-examination.
 

Legends of Eid-ul-Fitr

 

During the holy month of Ramadan, Allah gave Prophet Muhammad the Holy Quran. One day, Muhammad had a vision in which the angel Jibril told him how Allah wanted people to live.

 
The Allah's words were revealed to Muhammad through the angel over a period of 23 years, and the words were written down to form the Quran. Ramadan is celebrated to remember this very special month.
 
Celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr
 

Islam follows a unique approach in celebrating Eid. After the namaz, Muslims are supposed to celebrate the day in a responsible manner, greeting one another at home and in the neighborhood. Children receive gifts and sweets on this special occasion.

 
Everyone begins their day by taking a bath in the morning, wearing new clothes and eating dates before going to the mosque. Men usually wear white clothes symbolizing purity and austerity. Alms are distributed to the poor. The Id special prayer ‘Do Rakat Namaz’ is performed in the morning in the mosque.
 
Sadaqah Fitr or charitable gift is a dole to break the fast. The grains and the quantities which are given to the poor are specified in the Quran.People visit each other's homes and take part in the festive meals with special dishes, beverages and desserts.
 
The most common food item that is eaten during this time is vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk.
 

 



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