As Muslims all over the world bid farewell to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in addition they put together for the competition of Eid al-Fitr.
Relying on the sighting of the moon, Eid celebrations will start both on Saturday, Could 23, or Sunday, Could 24.
The event will probably be affected this 12 months as nations all over the world take measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, together with the suspension of Eid prayers, out of doors festivals, and different celebratory occasions.
What’s Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the tip of Ramadan.
Historically, Eid is well known for 3 days in all Muslim-majority nations.
How is the beginning of Eid decided?
Like Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr begins with the sighting of the brand new moon, so Muslims have to attend till the night earlier than Eid to confirm its date.
If the brand new moon is just not seen, Ramadan continues for an additional day.
As a result of it’s a lunar occasion, the date of Eid adjustments yearly on the Gregorian calendar and varies from nation to nation relying on geographical location.
To declare the beginning of Eid, Muslim-majority nations rely upon the testimonies of native moon sighters. The native non secular authorities then announce when Eid will probably be happening.
How do Muslims rejoice Eid?
Muslims internationally start Eid celebrations by partaking in communal post-dawn prayers, adopted by a brief sermon.
The prayers happen in mosques or massive halls however in lots of nations, it is usually held within the open to accomodate the massive numbers.
Individuals congratulate each other after Eid prayers. They spend the day visiting kinfolk and neighbours and accepting sweets as they transfer round from home to accommodate.
Youngsters, wearing new garments, are supplied presents and cash to rejoice the joyous event.
That is preceded by the giving of alms to the poor.
It is not uncommon for Muslim-majority nations to embellish their streets with festive lights and maintain carnivals to commemorate the tip of the holy month.
Every nation has conventional desserts and sweets which can be ready earlier than Eid or on the morning of the primary day. These meals vary from particular biscuits and bread to muffins and puddings.
This 12 months, Eid prayers have been cancelled in a number of Muslim nations amid the coronavirus pandemic, together with Oman and Egypt. Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti on Sunday urged Muslims to hope at dwelling as a substitute of going to the mosque.
Festivals and public celebrations on Eid may also be banned in lots of elements of the Muslim world as nations battle to comprise the unfold of COVID-19. Globally, there have been greater than 4.eight million identified instances of coronavirus, and greater than 318,000 individuals have died, based on Johns Hopkins College.
What are frequent Eid greetings?
The most well-liked greeting is “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) or “Eid sa’id” (Pleased Eid).
Eid greetings additionally fluctuate relying on the nation and language.
In Indonesia, Eid is named Lebaran, so Indonesians would say “Selamat Lebaran”, which implies Pleased Eid. Different variations are “Mutlu Bayramlar” in Turkish and “Barka da Sallah” in Hausa, a Nigerian language.
What are different traditions related to Eid?
Usually, Muslims put together for Eid prayer by bathing and placing on new garments starting from conventional, fashionable or Western garments.
Muslims are additionally inspired to eat one thing candy, normally dates, earlier than heading to the prayer.
On their option to the prayer, Muslims recite takbeerat, praising God.