Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated in many Muslim countries around the world. The holiday has some fascinating traditions and customs that are unique to different cultures. Here are 10 secrets about Eid al-Fitr that you may not have known:
1. Eid al-Fitr is a time for celebration – families dress up in their finest clothing, spend time together, exchange gifts, and feast on traditional dishes prepared especially for the occasion.
2. In many countries, children receive gifts of money or sweets during Eid al-Fitr as a reward for their efforts during Ramadan.
3. Many Muslims perform special prayers at mosques on Eid al-Fitr morning (Salat al-Eid).
4. Eid al-Fitr is a time for charitable giving, and Muslims donate money to those in need so that they can celebrate the holiday too.
5. In Indonesia, Eid al-Fitr is known as “Lebaran” and marks the start of a traditional long weekend when people travel home to be with their families.
6. In Saudi Arabia, special foods like kahk (cookies) are prepared ahead of time and served during holidays such as Eid al-Fitr.
7. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and water during daylight hours; however, on Eid al-Fitr morning everyone eats breakfast together as a special celebration.
8. In Pakistan, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by offering prayers, exchanging gifts and sweets, and hosting large feasts with family and friends.
9. In Malaysia, the night before Eid al-Fitr is known as “Keramat”, which is commemorated with fireworks, singing, and dancing.
10. Many Muslims believe that on Eid al-Fitr morning their sins will be forgiven if they are sincere in their repentance to Allah (God). This is why it’s also known as “The Festival of Forgiveness”.
Eid al-Fitr is an important time for Muslims around the world to come together and celebrate the end of Ramadan. With its unique traditions, customs, and rituals, it’s an occasion that is sure to be remembered for years to come.