Essay On Indian Festival Eid
By contributing writer Saim Alam. Originally published in KidSpirit's Rituals & Traditions issue.
Eid ul-Fitr means the celebration of the end of Ramadan. During Eid ul-Fitr we give donations to those in need in the community -- the donations are called Fitrana. The significance of this holiday is to celebrate the completion of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the holy month of fasting, in which one eats before sun up and does not eat or drink again until sundown. This is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which make up the foundation of Muslim life. The pillars consist of the oneness of God, five daily prayers, giving to charity, making a pilgrimage to the holy land (Mecca) and fasting. Young children, elderly people, or people on medication should not fast because it will do them no good and only make them ill. God has made fasting a pillar to teach us humility and patience. I think that God orders Muslims to fast so they can get an idea of how a homeless or poor person is hungry on an everyday basis. This makes us more grateful for what we have. Eid is on the 13th or 31st day of Ramadan. That day is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
Our family and the Islamic community we live in celebrates Eid a bit differently, and it has become a tradition over the past 20 years in Asheville, N.C. Usually men go to the mosque to pray. After that, they go to their relatives' and close friends' houses. Our Eid party is normally held at a local open hall. We have a breakfast and lunch potluck, when everyone brings a dish from their own culture to share with others. The variety of cultures includes Pakistani, Indian, Indonesian, Arab and African, just to name a few. Everyone brings a different dish so that it can be a multicultural event. There are many activities for all the younger kids like giant inflatables as well as gifts for each child. The community members volunteer to purchase gifts and the entire community donates. It is full of laughter and fun. Sometimes there are competitions between men and women to see which side knows more about religious facts. Toward the end of the celebration the children get together and read verses from the Quran, the Islamic Holy Book.
I believe it is important for all Muslims to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. It is a celebration of successfully fasting. This is a very important time not just for my family, but for every Muslim family throughout the world to celebrate and pray together. In Muslim countries Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated for three days and is an official government and school holiday. Our tradition is a slightly different way of celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, and hopefully will be carried on for a long time.
When he wrote this, Saim Alam was 11 years old and was in sixth grade at Odyssey Community School.
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“Eid is a beautiful and lovely day to Pray, Care, Love, Smile and Celebrate with one another and to thank Allah for giving us this wonderful day.
Eid is the most important festival of the Muslim. They celebrate the Eid festival end of the month Ramadan. The Ramadan is the holy month of fasting. On the day of this festival, they do not fast as it is not allowed. They celebrate with great pomp and show, zeal and gusto.
Celebration of the Eid
Eid is the great festival, which is celebrated all over the world. The Muslims observes the fast in full month of Ramadan and end of the Ramadan month the moon is sighted, then Eid is celebrated. They end their fast (Roza) after the view of the moon. In this way, the Muslims break their month fast.
On the next day, It celebrated with much happiness and joyful. Every year it comes off on the first day of the month of Shawwal. It is a day of gaiety, festivity, and feasting.
On the Eid day, the Muslim people gets up early in the morning. They take a bath wear their best dresses. They decorate the houses with proper preparations. After all that, they thank Allah, visit mosques and offer prayers by as ‘Namaz.’
They embrace one another and exchange greetings. Every Muslims says with each other as a greeting by their lips “Eid Mubarak.”
Sweets distributed, gifts were given and delicious dishes prepared at home. Friends and relatives invited to feasts. Soft noodles are the most popular dish cooked on this day. At some places, Eid fairs also held. One and all exchange Eid greetings. Children buy toys and sweets.
Each community celebrates the Eid
In Indian community, in all over the world, people celebrates the eid with the great brotherhood, and everyone joins on the day of celebration. The exchanges the sweets and greeting and shared with each other. Whatever they are, Hindu, Sikh, and Christians welcome their Muslim brothers.
The celebration of this festival promotes the national integration and the feeling of brotherhood. People enjoy so much on this day, and it also becomes double, when they shared. Eid brings the real message of friendship for all of us.
Importance of Eid
- It is vital to get the great soul of mind due to the believing in the fasting of Ramadan month. It purifies the heart in every year.
- It is perfect for the people, who believe in the fasting of Ramadan month and after fasting, they do the prayers of their god to save them from going to hell and opens the door of heaven.
- They may lead the pure and holy life during the month of Ramadan.
- They observe fast during the Ramadan month, pray the Namaz five times a day, read the Koran, feed the hungry and give alms to the poor.
- It becomes the real charity and greatest virtue during the month of Ramadan.
- The sight of the new moon of Eid is considered very pious and holy by the Muslims. It is a signal for the celebration of a festival the very next day.
It is the festival of love and goodwill. It gives a great message to love all and don’t hate anyone. It teaches us to embrace all men as brothers. Many of the separate lovers hope that they will meet with each other on today. It is the perfect day for say the goodbye to all hatred, jealousy, and enmity and bring in an era of love, sympathy, and brotherhood.