eid al fitr

Eid Al-Fitr

Eid Al-Fitr

Date of Festival is 1st Shawwal (10th month of Islamic Calender)

Islamic celebration of End of Fasting month Ramadan (9th month of Islamic Calender)

The name "Eid Al-fitr" is a literal translation of the festival itself meaning "festival of breaking fast"

Also known as "Lesser Eid" while the other is "Eid Al-Adha" which is also known as "Greater Eid or Bakra Eid"

Eid Al-fitr begins when the New Moon is first sighted.

It starts at different times and even different days across the world depending on location.

Held on different gregorian dates every year - about 10 days earlier than it was the previous year.

On this day Muslims Cleanse their bodies in a riutal called "Ghusl".

Wear new clothes, traditional or contemporary clothes.

Apply or decorate hands with Henna (aka Mahendi).

Cook variety of dishes especially non-vegetarian.

There are Eid greetings - "Eid Mubarak" meaning "Have a blessed Eid" irrespective of religions and beliefs.

Muslims gather for prayers in the holy places called Masjid (aka Mosque) or outdoor locations called "Eid Gah".

Muslims visit the graveyards of their loved ones to pray for their departed souls.

Gifts are given (especially Money to kids) called "Eidi".

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