Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims from all over the world. It’s also known as the festival of breaking the fast. It marks the end of the month of Ramadan, which is the Islamic month of fasting. It is the month when Quran, the holy book of Muslims, was revealed.
When is Eid?
Eid is during the tenth month of the Islamic calendar (Shawwal). The first day of the tenth month is Eid. The exact date is not known because this celebration is based on the lunar calendar. Each year, Muslims figure out the exact date of Eid by observing the cycles of the moon. However, it’s generally celebrated on the same day in Saudi Arabia.
Why is Eid Celebrated?
The recognition of Eid can vary across different Islamic cultures and beliefs, also across the different sects, such as Shia and Sunni. But all across the world, it is celebrated with the common purpose of celebrating the end of Ramadan.
Fasting teaches people the value of patience and how important is humanity for them. It is also looked as an opportunity to pray for the unfortunate ones, that is the poor and the suffering. The festival holds a lot of spiritual significance within itself and for many people, it is a way to bring them closer to their soul and the God within them, Allah.
How is Eid Celebrated?
In the morning of Eid, people wake up and perform the old ritualistic prayer. Everyone gathers for the prayer with the hopes for good times and Allah’s blessings. The atmosphere of the festival is very pleasant. Sweets and non-alcoholic drinks are distributed in mosques, homes, and also at public places.
People greet each other warmly and exchange gifts. Fairs are held in the small towns, and it is a wonderful time for family reunions. They donate to the charities and give alms to the poor. The celebration of Eid extends up to three days and people always look forward to this time of the year.
How Can I Teach My Children About Eid?
Talking about the significance of this festival to the kids can be a good way to help them build their perspectives towards religion. Here are some of the ways to teach your children about Eid:
1. Talk about Islam, Prophet Muhammad, and how he founded the religion. Talk about his views and ideologies.
3. Make Connections. Read Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr. This book provides all children with an understanding of how Muslim families celebrate Ramadan and Eid in their homes. It highlights the importance of fasting, prayer, and thinking about others during this time.
4. Extend your child’s understanding by talking to them about the different types of food that are prepared. You can also try to make some food at home such as, Biryani a delicious dish made from rice. Gather with family and friends to share this meal.
5. Connect with Muslims who are celebrating Eid. Talk to them about the importance of fasting and the benefits of fasting physically, mentally, and psychologically.