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Eid, it is just like Christmas

How often do you hear Muslim people say to non Muslims, “Eid is just Christmas for muslims”? I feel like that is just an easy way to explain Eid, but what really is Eid?

In a previous article I wrote about Ramadhaan and what it is about, how it is celebrated etc. This is basically a follow up. After the month of Ramadhaan, Muslims all over world celebrate Eid. Eid al-Fitr is based on sighting of the moon as per the Islamic lunar calendar, it can be difficult to predict when the festival will happen in any given country. While some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves, many either use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

Eid al-Fitr is a literal translation of the event that’s being celebrated ‘Festival of the Breaking of the Fast’ or ‘the Feast of Fast-Breaking’. The celebration isn’t only about having a feast of delicious food but also in exchanging gifts, especially to children. These gifts of money are called ‘Eidi’ and I'm sure you heard people saying this or pictures on social media saying this words “Eid Mubarak” this is the greeting which means “Have a blessed Eid”. It is also a time of forgiveness and of giving thanks to Allah (God) for helping people to complete their spiritual fasting. Many Muslims display their thanks by giving donations and food to those less fortunate than themselves.

So what happens on the day? It begins really early in the morning, before sunrise on Eid al-Fitr, Muslims pray, we then bathe and put on their best clothing which is my favourite because you plan this outfit from the first day o Ramadhaan. We spend the day enjoying the company of family and friends, eating delicious food typically biryani, leg roast and prawns and so many different desserts and sweets. It is an occasion where you get to see family you don't typically see often so the excitement is in the air throughout the day.

To all my fellow Muslims who have celebrated Eid, Eid Mubarak and I hope this lockdown Eid was a memorable one with your family at home.

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