With the holy month of Ramadan coming to an end, Muslims around the globe are all set for the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. As Islam follows the lunar calendar, Eid is observed on different dates depending on the sight of the moon. While some countries are already celebrating the joyous day, India most likely will observe Eid tomorrow.
Eid may be celebrated on different days around the world but it holds the same meaning for every Muslim. It is a day of celebration; from worship to meeting loved ones, cooking and having delicious feast, Eid brings together all colours of joy in Islam.
Learn how Eid-ul-Fitr is observed in different nations across the globe:
People visit shops and bazaars (market) for Eid shopping. Women and young girls draw beautiful henna designs on their palms and buy bangles matching their dresses. Muslims embrace each other with “Eid Mubarak” (Happy Eid) greeting. Gifts are exchanged and new clothes are worn.
In Pakistan and India, it is common for the elders to give money to children. The tradition is called “Eidi“. One of the most common dishes during Eid in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh is “Sevaiyan”; a dish made of vermicelli noodles with milk and dried fruits.
In the UAE, the sky is lit up with fireworks display. Countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Lebanon decorate the streets with colourful lights. Dances, orchestra and recreational activities are organised. People go to local parks or arrange family picnic while enjoying rides and fairs that are organised.
South East Asia
In countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, and Singapore, people from the cities head to their hometowns to celebrate Eid. Oil lamps are lit around houses for decoration and some light firecrackers are used as a way to celebrate. People greet each other and ask for forgiveness for wrong doings. Traditional dishes like rendang (fried beef in coconut milk), lemang (glutinous rice cake cooked in bamboo), ketupat (rice cake shells made with coconut leafs), and Brongkos (eaten with crackers and rice in Jakarta) are common in most homes during Eid.
Europe, America and the Pacific
With less Muslims in these countries, celebrations are usually subdued. Muslims perform Eid prayers or attend sermons. Apart from prayers and feasts, celebrations are held at community centres or parks and people visit relatives and friends.
Eid is celebrated with sweets, chocolates and a variety of dishes. While saying their Eid greetings, young ones kiss the right hand of the elders and place it on their own foreheads. Some attend concerts or engage in traditional forms of entertainment like theatre or musical performances.
Eid prayers are observed at designated praying grounds before people head home to partake in festive meals, generally prepared by the women of the household. Celebrations usually last for two days, and the traditional greeting is ‘Barka Da Sallah’ in Nigeria. In Egypt, people go for Nile cruises or head to parks, malls or cultural sites.
Hope the true essence of Eid ul-Fitr is revealed amid the celebrations.
Eid Mubarak to one and all!
Valentina Telien Kom
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