Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan revered by the entire Muslim community.
Ramadan the ninth month of the Islamic calendar marks the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. The first day of Shawal, the 10th Islamic lunar month, is celebrated as Eid ul Fitr.
The last night of Ramadan is recognised as “Chand Raat” during which Pakistanis celebrate the sighting of the moon and women usually go out for last minute Eid shopping and get their hands adorned with traditional mehndi.
The morning after is marked by mandatory Eid ul Fitr congregational prayers which is observed by all Muslims at mosques or open spaces called Eidgahs. The prayers are followed by an Eid khutba (sermon) delivered by the Imam in which the Almighty is thanked for perseverance and blessings during the month of Ramadan and a prayer is made for all the oppressed Muslims around the world who are suffering due to war, famine etc.
This year, the government of Pakistan announced an official 4-day public holiday for Eid. The Eid festival is usually celebrated for 3 days in which Muslims dress up in their best clothes to signify the importance of this occasion and host get to-gathers with their families and friends. The children are also given gifts or money, called “eidi” which is usually the highlight for many kids!
This festival is usually marked by enjoyment and happiness but during these 3 days Muslims shouldn’t forget the teachings of the month of Ramadan and try to compensate their happiness by helping those who might not have the means to celebrate this joyous holiday. After all, Islam teaches us to be generous and tolerant towards other people and be thankful for our own privileges.