- Christmas 2018 – December 25 (Tuesday)
- Happy Diwali 2018
- Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar 2018
- Tulip Festival in Srinagar 2018
- Baisakhi 2018
Eid al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, 16th of June 2018. Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).
Eid-ul-Fitr literally means ‘festival of breaking the fast’. Like other festivals observed by the Muslim community, this festival symbolizes faith. The festival is celebrated based on an Islamic belief by following the form of social practice.
Eid is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal, that is, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. During the festival, Muslims exchange gifts, greeting their neighbours as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood.
According to the Islamic tradition, there are two festivals observed by Muslims every year – Eid-ul-Fitr just after Ramzan and Eid-ul-Zuha in the month of Haj.
Ramzan, the month of fasting, symbolizes a lot practices and beliefs of the community. It is not merely restraining oneself from having food but also to abstain from all kinds of evil and unlawful practices in Islam.
Muslims, just before the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr, keep a month long fast throughout the month of Ramzan. The practice of fasting is also known as ‘roza’ that starts from the break of dawn till dusk and during this whole day an individual has to refrain himself from drinking, eating or having sexual intercourse. The term ‘roza’ us an Arabic word means abstinence. This year Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 16 to mark the end of Ramzan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The month long fasting ends with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr that symbolizes a reward for their fasting.
Muslims on this day wear their best clothers and offer ‘namaz’ a congregational prayer at masjids or mosques. After offering their prayers they exchange good wishes of the festival with their neighbours and other people. They also donate alms to the poor on the auspicious occasion.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one, two or three days. It is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid, Also the specific prayer is nominated for this day. As an obligatory act of charity, money is paid to the poor and the needy (Arabic:Zakat-ul-fitr) before performing the ‘Eid prayer. As another rituals, Muslims recite the following incantation in a low voice while going to the Eid prayer: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La ilaha illa l-Lah wal-Lahu akbar, Allahu akbar walil-Lahi l-hamd. Recitation ceases when they get to the place of Eid or once the Imam commences activities.
Like other festivals, Eid-ul-Fitr is also observed with great enthusiasm. Delicious food and drinks are an indispensable part of the festivity. People decore their houses and prepare luscious traditional sweets and cuisines to celebrate the festival. The most common recipe in this festival is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli) prepared from various healthy and mouth-watering ingredients.
Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-Fitr before offering the Eid prayers.