Eid Mubarak: Different countries, different people, different ways to celebrate Eid, but the same feelings

The festival of breaking the fast begins today and it is celebrated by everyone differently, in different places but with the same feelings in everyone’s heart.

Eid Mubarak to one and all! The festival of breaking the fast, Eid-ul-Fitr, begins today. It marks the end of the Islamic month of fasting, referred to as Ramadan. Just like Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr begins with the first sighting of the new moon. As it is a lunar occurrence, the date of Eid changes from country to country. Along with the date, the Eid celebrations vary from country to country as well. Check out some of the different ways people celebrate the Festival of Breaking the Fast:

1. Middle East:

In Saudi Arabia before the feast is served, children line up in front of the adult family members and receive money and gifts in decorated bags. Meanwhile in Iran, 1-2 days are declared as national holidays. In Turkey, the festival is called Bayram and young children go around their neighbourhood, door to door, and wish everyone a "Happy Bayram" and receive sweets in return.

2. Asia:

In India, the night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, which means, "Night of the Moon". While families go out to shop, women and girls get beautiful mehendi designs on their hands. Meanwhile in Pakistan, Muslims dress up in new clothes and get ready for Eid prayers. For breakfast, families celebrate with a special Eid feast with sweets and desserts. In Bangladesh, the festival is called Romjaner Eid is observed over a three-day public holiday.

3. Africa:

In Egypt, Eid starts with a small snack followed by respective prayers. To celebrate the day, families visit amusement parks, theatres or beaches. In Somalia, people celebrate in elaborate banquets with special dishes such as halwa and biscuit. Meanwhile in Sudan, preparations for Eid begin in the last couple of days in Ramadan. The people there enjoy powdered cookies, macaroons and popcorn during the holiday.

How do you plan on celebrating the day?

Credits: Pinkvilla

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