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Eid Mubarak to everyone.

The holy month of Ramadan has come to an end as we celebrate Eid al-Fitr today.

Eid al-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the fast,” marks the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan, which includes dawn to dusk fasting, praying, and refraining from all negative actions, thoughts, and words for 30 days.

Eid is celebrated during the first three days of the 10th month (Shawwal) of the Islamic calendar. As per tradition, Eid al-Fitr begins on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon after the 29th day of the previous lunar month. If the moon is not visible due to clouds or any other reasons, Eid is celebrated the next day.

It is believed that during the month of Ramadan, the Holy Quran, which is the holy book for Muslims, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

A normal Eid al-Fitr celebration comprises mass prayers, official receptions and family and friends gatherings, exchange of gifts, wearing new clothes, and people going for small picnics.

Apart from these, Muslim families offer Zakat which is an obligatory payment to charity or the needy based on the income of the family. People give food, grains, or clothes to the poor.

Notably, the Arab countries celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with huge events including days of fireworks, especially in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. But this year due to the current scenario, the colorful celebrations wouldn’t be observed.

Considering the pandemic situation this year, the celebration of Eid all over the world would be a low-key one. Believers are suggested to do their prayers at home as mass gatherings are restricted. And no family visits or picnics would be possible as travelling is not advisable. Let us pray to Allah to give us strength in these difficult times. Let us hope that this phase passes soon so that next year we would be able to celebrate Eid in its most elegant and ceremonial way.


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