Congrats to us for finally getting a long weekend! But do you know just how important tomorrow’s holiday is? Let’s learn from our Muslim brothers and sisters on what Eid’l Fitr is and how it should be spent.
Yey, it’s Eid’l Fitr! ...What’s Eid’l Fitr?
It’s the official celebration of the end of Ramadan which is 30 days of fasting. And if you’ve been fasting that long, how else should you celebrate its closing but by having a feast! But there’s a lot more to it than just eating.
What else do Muslims do on Eid’l Fitr?
Eid’l Fitr is about renewed life so Muslims observe the following:
1.) Before Ramadan ends, every family should give to the poor. This is called Fitra.
Since it’s a day of feasting, it’s essential to make sure that everyone can celebrate with them. Muslims give food to the poor such as rice and bread. How can you have fun on a holiday when there are people struggling to meet everyday needs? Allow yourself to give at least to one person who can’t afford to eat. We guarantee you’ll immediately feel renewed.
2.) Family members give each other new clothes or other items.
This practice is to symbolize a renewed life. Some give away clothes they don’t need but they should still be in good condition as it’s necessary to make the recipient happy. What are you waiting for? Rummage through your clothes and give away what you can.
3.) They pray and worship Allah
Fasting for 30 days isn’t easy but necessary in the Islamic religion so on Eid’l Fitr, Muslims give thanks and praise to Allah for the guidance that allowed them to fulfill his command. You may not be Muslim or even spiritual but we can all still take part. You can thank and worship your god if you practice a different religion or think of a person who helped you get through a tough time and thank him/her.
A note to remember when celebrating Eid’l Fitr
The key to Eid’l Fitr is showing kindness in simple gestures. Muslims are warned to be careful with how they choose to celebrate it. Celebrating in big and lavish ways is considered wrong. The words for the day: kindness and simplicity.
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