The beauty and joy of Eid ul-Fitr lies in the fact that it gives everyone a reason to celebrate. For kids, the excitement of waking up early, putting on new clothes, eating sweets, and hugging your loved ones while greeting them with ‘Eid Mubarak’ is unmatched by any other day. On the other hand, the joy of completing the Ramadan month properly and in devotion to Allah is a cause for celebration in itself. It is a day full of fun, festivity, and love all around. So how do people tend to go about celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2019? That is our topic today. However, we will also take a look at how people celebrate this day around the world and what the day’s significance.
Meaning of Eid Ul-Fitr
For Muslims around the globe, Eid ul-Fitr is one of the most important and joyous days of the year. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal after a month of fasting and devotion. That is why Eid ul-Fitr is also referred to as the festival of breaking fast. However, during Ramadan, Muslims not only refrain from eating but also refrain from many other things as well such as using bad language. This makes staying healthy during Ramadan difficult as the everyday routine changes drastically. That is why the end of Ramadan calls for a celebration. It is especially an extremely joyous occasion for those who were able to properly fast, complete Tarawih, and finish reading the Quran during Ramadan. To them, there’s no better reason to celebrate than to be able to properly show their devotion to Allah.
The majority of people in Bangladesh are Muslim. This makes Eid ul-Fitr one of the biggest festivals, if not the biggest, of the country. Eid and Islam have shaped this country’s culture. From historical architecture to our way of thinking, many aspects of our life and culture have a touch of this. As such, even the non-Muslims of the country take part in Eid celebrations and enjoy the day to their fullest. We decorate our homes, prepare feasts; all to celebrate the day. A national holiday is announced for Eid. People usually get three days off during this period; the day before Eid, Eid day itself, and the day after. But this year is different. By taking an advantageous leave from office during the Eid week, people will have a lot more time for celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2019.
Activities on Eid Day
As we mentioned, Eid ul-Fitr has become more than just a religious festival in Bangladesh, it has become a cultural phenomenon, a day that is celebrated irrespective of religious views. There’s no end to activities during Eid. The ‘Chaand Raat’ for example is loved by young people as they hang out with their friends late into the night. Many girls adorn their palms and hands with beautiful and intricate henna designs. This celebration continues from the night before Eid to two or three days after. Another activity that has become closely associated with Eid is visiting the homes of your loved ones. Spending a joyous occasion with your special people is precious and Eid ul-Fitr is another great reason to do so.
Celebrations across the Globe
The 1.6 billion Muslims in the world make Eid ul-Fitr a global celebration. There are Muslims in every corner of the planet. While some aspects of Eid celebration remain the same, many differ. In Saudi Arabia, families gather at their patriarchal home after Eid prayers and adults give toys and gifts to children. Another fascinating way Saudis celebrate Eid ul-Fitr is by showing generosity. Many buy large quantities of rice and other items and leave them anonymously at the doors of the unfortunate. In Greece, children honor the elderly during Eid by kissing their hand and in return, the children are rewarded with candy, toys, or money. In countries like the US, people also organize fairs and parties, and this year won’t be different There will probably be many events held for celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2019.
Eid ul-Fitr is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our loved ones and to enjoy unending festivities. When it come to celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2019, there are many ways. But one thing is for sure, it won’t be a dull weekend.