One of the most prominent festivals of the Islamic community, Eid ul-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr is celebrated widely all over the globe. On this day, the holy month of Ramadan i.e., a month-long-period of fasting comes to an end for the Muslim community. The festival falls on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar i.e., Shawwal which is observed when the moon of that day is sighted.
Also known as ‘Meethi Eid’, it is celebrated by distributing home-made sweet, ‘Seviyan’, prepared with vermicelli dipped in sweetened milk and dry-fruits. In 2019, Eid ul-Fitr will be observed from the evening of 4th June till the sunset of 5th June. (Dates may vary depending on the position of the moon).
Background of Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr or ‘Sweet Eid’ was originated by Prophet Muhammad and is being celebrated by the Muslim community for many centuries. The day is observed as the first day of the month of Shawwal which comes right after the conclusion of Ramadan i.e., the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The fast of Ramadan (Ramazan) expresses the basic values of the Islamic community including empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness and patience; it comes to an end on ‘Meethi Eid’.
According to the Islamic calendar, Eid ul-Fitr begins when the first ray of light from the crescent moon of the first day of Shawwal falls on the ground. And if the moon is not sighted due to weather conditions issues then Eid is observed on the following day.
Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations across India
On this day, Muslims wear new clothes and visit mosques for offering their prayers to Allah. They recite a particular religious prayer known as salat, on this day. Muslims prepare exotic sweets such as ‘Seviyan’ and organize grand get-togethers at their residences.
Best Places to Observe Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations across India