Eid Al-Fitr: A Festival of Thanksgiving and Joy at the End of Ramadan

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08 Aug 2013: Eid al-Fitr is one of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar. It is a festival of thanksgiving and joy that marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims. This year Eid al-Fitr is being observed on Thursday, August 8, 2013. It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Traditionally, the observance begins with the sighting of the new moon.



According to a hadith attributed to Anas ibn Malik, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad, the two festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha were instituted by the Prophet after his journey from Mecca to Medinah.

“When the Prophet arrived in Medinah, he found people celebrated two specific days in which they used to entertain themselves with recreation and merriment. He asked them about the nature of these festivities to which they replied that these days were occasions of fun and recreation. At this, the Prophet remarked that the Almighty has fixed two days  instead of these for you which are better than these: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.


The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.

To mark the beginning of Eid and in accordance with the Sunnah, or practices of the Prophet Muhammad, many Muslims wake up early in the morning and pray Salat ul-Fajr, or the pre-dawn prayer. After brushing their teeth, taking a bath and wearing perfume, they have breakfast before heading off to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat al-Eid. Many Muslims recite the takbir, a declaration of faith, on the way to the prayer ground and give special charitable contributions known as Zakat al-Fitr.


Eid al-Fitr is very different from other festivals celebrated by followers of other religions. Eid means recurring happiness or festivity. Al Fitr means breaking of fast. Thus Eid Al Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawal, to mark the end of a month long fast during the month of Ramadan. Around the world, Eid is celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor and Muslims from all walks of life can be seen adorned in beautiful new clothes, visiting the mosques to attend Eid prayers. Greetings of “Eid-Mubarak” or “Happy Eid” are exchanged. A very important aspect of Eid is the charity, which all the Muslims are expected to extend to the needy.


The main aim of the festival of Eid al-Fitr is to thanks Almighty Allah. Eid al-Fitr is a day of joy and thanksgiving. On this day, Muslims show their joy for the health, strength and opportunities of life, which Allah has given them to fulfill their obligations of fasting and other good deeds during the month of Ramadan. It is also a day of forgiveness and good feelings towards other fellow human beings. The second important Eid celebration is called “Eid Al-Adhha” which comes after Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) during the 12th Islamic month called Dhulhajj. Prayers are offered in mosques and special open fields that are designated for Eid prayers.



Eid al-Fitr is a day of great merriment and thanksgiving. Muslims celebrate by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes. A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!” communities organize common meals during the festival of Eid al-Fitr.


Bellevision wishes a Happy Eid al-Fitr to all Muslim brethren.




Comments on this Article
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Thu, August-8-2013, 10:10
I wish all of Islam faith EID MUbARAK. I also request them to live the spirit of the Festival and help peace and brotherhood prevail in the World. may God Almighty enlighten in this direction. Peace be with you all.
Lakshmi Chidanand Acharya, Mangalore/Moodushedde Wed, August-7-2013, 11:46
Wishing You EID MUBARAK all Muslim brothers sisters On This Holy And Joyous Occasion May The Blessings Of Almighty Allah Come Down And Rest Upon Your Shoulders And Upon Those Whom You Love And Treasure And May You Enjoy A Very Happy Eid This Year And In The Years To Come.
Naveen Kumar, Dubai Wed, August-7-2013, 1:22
Eid mubarak to all my Muslim brethren.
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