Eid 2019: 10 interesting things to know about the festival; Read on!

On 5th June, 2019, Muslims across the globe will celebrate Eid, a festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Here are 10 interesting things to know about the festival. Read on!
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Today i.e. June 5, 2019, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a festival that marks the end of Ramadan. As we all know, during Ramadan, Muslims across the globe fast from sun to sundown and Eid al-Fitr is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, and the end of fasting. This year, Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on June 5, 2019, and Muslims across the globe get-together with their friends and family to celebrate the day.

While everyone is aware of Eid but there still remains certain things associated with Eid that are most important and therefore, we rounded up a list of 10 things to know about Eid and the festival. Eid, the joyous festival, symbolizes peace and unity and after fasting for a month, Eid is celebrated as a mark of togetherness. Take a dekko!

Why celebrate Ramzan

According to popular belief, Allah has blessed Muslims with the Quran Shareef during this holy period and this month of Ramzan is celebrated to commemorate an event which occurred around 1500 years ago.

Eid is held to celebrate the end of Ramadan i.e. fasting

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sun up to sundown to honor the month and Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the month and that is, the end of fasting. Besides food, Muslims also abstain from taking medications, drinking any liquids (including water), and smoking.

The meaning of Eid-al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr stands for “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast,” or “the Feast of Fast-Breaking.” Eid al-Fitr begins when the new moon is sighted in the sky and until that, the festival doesn’t begin and Muslims continue to fast. Technically speaking, Eid al-Fitr doesn't begin until the barest sliver of a waxing crescent moon is seen and this means that people across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr at different times depending upon the visibility of the moon.

Eid aL-Fitr last for three days

Eid typically lasts for three days, but it can vary depending on when it falls on the calendar.

On the day of Eid, Muslims cleans their bodies and wear brand new clothes

Before kick-starting the day, Muslims wake up to cleanse their bodies in a ritual called "ghusl" and after cleansing, Muslims wear brand new clothes and all the ladies apply henna on their hands.

The day begins by offering prayers

After cleansing the body and getting dressed, Muslims gather to offer prayers in mosques or outdoor locations. Thereafter, they visit the graves of loved ones to pray.

Eid is all about gifts

After fasting for close to a month, Eid al-Fitr means time to make merry, eat food and celebrate with near and dear ones. And one of the most important part of the festival is to buy gifts for your friends and family, especially children.

Eid-Al-Fitr is also known as “THE LESSER EID”

Like Indians celebrate Diwali and Holi, Eid al-Fitr is one of the two important Eid celebrations in Muslims, the other being Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice or "Greater Eid” and Eid al-Fitr is known as the ‘Lesser Eid’.

Eid Al-Fitr was first celebrated at the White House in 1996.

As we all know, Iftar dinners or Iftar parties are dinners hosted by people to celebrate during the one month long Ramadan, and First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted the first official Eid al-Fitr dinner in 1996, and the Clintons continued the tradition every year after. The tradition of hosting Ramadan or Eid dinners has continued ever since with Barack Obama hosting his last one in July 2016.

Eid Greetings

Whenever people meet each other on the day of Eid, they greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak,” which means “Have a blessed Eid!,”

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