Id-ul-Fitr festival is on 8th of August in 2013, Thursday.
Occasion of Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Fitr is also sometimes spelt as Eid-ul-Fitr. This festival marks the end of the month of fasting known as Ramzan, which is considered a holy Islam month. The name of the festival is derived from the word Eid, which in Islam means festivity and Fitr, which means to break fasting. Id-ul-Fitr is generally celebrated on the new moon night in the English month of April or May.
Rituals of Id-ul-Fitr
During these three days of festivities, they enjoy, make merry, and visit relatives and friends. They wake up early in the morning and have a small breakfast, preferably comprising date fruit, This breakfast is done mainly to emphasize the idea that they no longer fasting. Then they attend the Eid prayers at mosques held in large open grounds. A ritual of Eid is to embrace the people sitting around while exchanging Eid greetings of Eid Mubarak.
The legend behind Ramadan fast
The ritual of fasting the month of Ramzan is observed by the Muslims since ages and is being followed by most even today. Throughout this month they eat and drink only in the night after sunset and before sunrise. The ritual has a legend behind it. According to this legend, Prophet Mohammed had undertaken a journey from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD. He went to join the Muslims from other parts of the world who had arrived at Medina. It is believed that during this journey, he has fasted for three long days. After many years, the Prophet received directions from God, which instructed all the devout Muslims who follow Islam to fast for some days. The Muslims since then believe that fasting helps develop self-control and purifies the soul and open the path of getting closer to Allah. Id-ul-Fitr marks the joyous breaking of these long days of fasting.
Highlights of the festival
The festival of Eid is looked upon as the celebration of the spirit of love, sharing, peace, and brotherhood. On this auspicious occasion, special food and dishes are prepared and distributed to neighbors and friends. They dress up in their best clothes and exchange Eid greetings. The women folk dress up gorgeously in shimmering clothes and color their hands with henna, apply perfume, and wear lots of jewellery. People also indulge in charity as a part of the celebrations. They donate generously in kind or cash to the poor and the needy. This festival is a day of joy and thanksgiving, and Muslims all over the world celebrate it with great fanfare. In India, even the other non-Muslim communities join in the celebrations.