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😜🤯😏 Eid ul-Fitr, or the Feast of Fast-Breaking, is an important Muslim holiday that is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, when the 30 days of fasting is over. It begins on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The celebrations last for up to three days and involve praying, feasting, and giving gifts and charity.
Part 1Part 1 of 3:Saying Prayers
- 1Pray salat ul-fajr, the pre-dawn prayer. On the first day of Eid, Muslims wake up early and gather at an outdoor location or mosque to say prayers. The salat ul-fajr is one of the five daily prayers that are said every day regardless of the month, so begin with this one before moving on to special prayers.XResearch source
- Do salat ul-fajr by performing two rakats, or series of movements, each of which involves standing, bowing, and prostrating.XResearch source
- 2Recite the takbir. After the morning prayers on the first day of Eid, Muslims return home to wash up and dress in new clothes. Then they walk back to their congregation again, reciting the takbir, or declaration of faith, as they go.XResearch source
- Recite the takbir by saying "Allaahu Akbar" a series of times and raising your hands to your ears. This translates to "God is most great."XResearch source
- 3Perform the Eid prayer. Once everyone has returned to their mosque or outdoor gathering spot on the first day of Eid, there's a short sermon, typically given by an imam, and then all men and women perform the obligatory Eid prayer.XResearch source
- Follow the imam's movements as he performs two rakats and six takbirs.XResearch source
Part 2Part 2 of 3:Feasting and Decorating
- 1Start the day with seviyan, or vermicelli noodles. Toast the noodles and serve them dry, or boil them and serve them as a milky, soupy pudding called sheer khurma. This is the traditional Eid breakfast in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.XResearch source
- Dates are a popular breakfast to have before heading out for pre-dawn prayers.
- Other traditional breakfasts include buttered couscous or buffalo cream with honey and bread.
- 2Put up lights in your home. As part of the festivities, Muslims decorate their homes with lights. Place string lights, candles, or lanterns around your house, and put up festive banners made of paper stars.XResearch source
- 3Eat halal meat dishes. A variety of meat dishes are enjoyed on Eid, but all must be halal, which means no pork or swine. One of the most popular dishes in Northern Africa is tagine, a savory stew named after the earthenware dish it's cooked in. Typical ingredients include chicken, beef, or fish mixed with vegetables and spices.XResearch source
- Other popular Eid dishes are beef or lamb kebobs, biryani (a basmati rice dish), and haleem (meat slow-cooked with grains).
- 4Bake traditional treats called kahk al Eid. Families gather together to make, swap, and eat these sugar cookies for Eid. They often have designs on them made with special stampers and contain one of three fillings: pistachios, walnuts, or dates.XResearch source
- Create a basic dough of flour, powdered sugar, butter, and milk. Then roll it into little balls and press your thumb into each one to create an indentation for your filling. Once you add the filling, re-roll the balls and bake until golden.XResearch source
- 5Indulge in a variety of sweets. There are many more sweets enjoyed on Eid besides kahk, though the type depends upon the culture. Some examples include kheer (Indian rice pudding), baklava (a phyllo dough pastry popular in the Middle East), and kanafeh (a Turkish specialty with cheese, semolina, noodles, and syrup).XResearch source
Part 3Part 3 of 3:Giving Gifts
- 1Donate food to charity. A few days before Eid begins, each Muslim family makes a donation known as sadaqah al-fitr (charity of fast-breaking). It is a donation of food like rice, barley, and dates given to less fortunate families so that they can feast and celebrate on the holiday.XResearch source
- 2Give and wear new clothes. Clothing is a popular gift to give to relatives and children so that they can look their best on the first day of Eid. Wear the new clothes you get, if any (or the best clothes you have), to perform the Eid prayer. Along with dressing your best, you should also brush your teeth, bathe, and wear perfume.XResearch source
- 3Visit relatives and give them gifts. Families make their rounds visiting the homes of relatives and offering their greetings for the holiday. If your family is quite large, these visits need to be kept short so there is time to see everyone. When you visit their homes, give relatives new clothes or sweet treats that you baked yourself, and in return they should offer you food that they prepared for the holiday.XResearch source
- 4Give gifts to children. While gifts can be exchanged among all family members, they are most often given to children. In Asian countries, elders give eidi (money) to children as a show of goodwill.XResearch source
- Other popular gifts to give children are new clothes, special Eid outfits, and toys.
- QuestionIs Eid ul Fitr like Christmas?Community AnswerNot really. Christmas is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ in Christianity, whereas Eid ul Fitr is the day after the Holy month of ramadhan celebrated by Muslims and it marks the end of ramadhan.
- QuestionHow do I celebrate Eid if my family is not Muslim?Community AnswerYou can instead enjoy this holiday with Muslim friends and neighbors.
- QuestionHow to I respond to Eid greetings?Community AnswerYou can just say "Eid mubarak to you too". You can also hug the person.
- QuestionWhat kind of cards can you make and can you make cards for Ramadan?Community AnswerYou can make any kind of cards! One of my friends gave me a card for Eid, and it had a drawing of the Qibla.
- QuestionIs there an article on making Eid cards?Community AnswerThere currently isn't an article specifically on Eid cards, but there are many articles on making cards in general. You could try making pop-up cards, 3-D cards and many more.
- QuestionHow should I spend Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr?Top AnswererRamadan should be spent fasting and worshipping Allah. Eid-ul-Fitr is a day of celebration, so fasting is prohibited and one should enjoy themselves on this day.
- QuestionWhy is Eid celebrated?Community AnswerEid ul Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. It is known as the Festival of Sweets, as sweet dishes are usually eaten during this day. For example, in the Pakistani culture people make saviyan (vermicelli). Eid ul Adha is celebrated to mark the Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham's) near sacrifice of his son.
- QuestionIs mandatory to buy new clothes for Eid and give gifts to friends and family?Top AnswererThis isn't mandatory. It is simply encouraged, because Eid ul Fitr is a festival, and these are the kinds of things that one normally does on a festival. Wearing new clothes and putting on perfume are from the sunnah of the Prophet.
- QuestionHow do I celebrate Eid without money or relatives?Community AnswerCan you celebrate with some friends?
- QuestionWhat is the importance of Arabic in Islam?Community AnswerIslam appeared in Arabia, and Arabic is Islam's language. The Quran is written in Arabic; even though there are translations, it's said that it's better to read it in Arabic. Arabic is really important in Islam, and knowing a little bit Arabic is good for a Muslim (though it's not a necessity).
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To celebrate Eid ul Fitr, kick off the day with some vermicelli noodles, buttered couscous, or buffalo cream and honey with bread. You can also string up some lights and light candles around your home to decorate for the festivities. Throughout the day, treat yourself to some halal meat dishes, kheer, baklava, or some kanafeh. Also, don't forget to come together as a family and bake some delicious kahk al Eid To learn how to pray and give gifts on Eid ul Fitr, keep reading!