New Delhi: Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated widely by Muslim communities across the globe. This holy day is celebrated by breaking the 30-day long fast with a grand celebration. The day is the only day when Muslims aren't permitted to fast.
This year, Eid ul-Fitr begins on the evening of June 14 and ends on the evening of June 15. However, the celebrations vary as per moon sightings in different parts of the world.
The festival was brought by Islamic prophet Muhammad and it is believed that the festival originated in Medina, after he migrated from Mecca. In today's time, Mecca and Medina are considered the two holiest places of Islam.
Here's how to celebrate this Holy festival:
- Wake up early in the morning. Take a shower and get dressed up in your best attire.
- Men join community prayers which are conducted either in an open field or a large hall, while women offer their prayers with their folks at home.
- Muslims believe in giving Zakat al-Fitr to the poor which means giving charity to the needy towards the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
- People then exchange gifts with family and friends and greet each other with the grace of Allah by wishing 'Eid Mubarak'!
- After greeting and embracing each other, people gorge on sweet vermicelli (mithi sewayian), an Eid speciality.
Wishing everyone 'Eid Mubarak'!