Eid-Ul-Fitr is one of the two major festivals widely celebrated by muslims all over the world. This Eid comes at the end of Ramadan, the sacred month of fasting. Having completed one full month of fasting and prayers, Eid comes as a day of joy and happiness.
Though the way of celebrating Eid vary from place to place, traditions remain the same. In India, there is a large population of muslims and hence Eid is celebrated with full enthusiasm. Being a secular country, India offers way for non-muslims to join the celebrations too. In many Indian cities, people celebrate Eid irrespective of what religion they belong to.
Top 5 Traditions Muslims Follow On Eid-Ul-Fitr
Fitrah is a small amount of rice (or any other grains for consumption) given as charity. According to Islamic tradition, fitrah is compulsory on every muslim who can afford to give approximately 2.5 kg of rice as charity. The person who receives this charity must be poor, struggling for daily needs. The name Eid-ul-fitr comes from the word fitrah.
Though this tradition is widely followed, it is still unknown to many. This fitrah charity is given on Eid morning or few days before. Such a practice is followed to bring a smile on the faces of poor souls who cannot afford much to enjoy the celebrations. This can help them make happy and the real joy is the joy of giving.
2. New clothes
On the day of Eid-Ul-Fitr, every muslim men and women wear new clothes to add colours to the festival. Marking the eve of happiness, choosing to wear new clothes can make anyone feel good as they look forward to positive changes in their lives after praying the whole month of Ramadan.
South Indian attire mostly covers shirt and veshti for men. South Indian women prefer Saree on Eid. In various parts of north India, men can be seen in kurta-pyjama and women in lehanga or chudithar.
3. Eid prayers
Eid prayers are mostly offered in open spaces traditionally but nowadays Eid prayers are confined to mosques. The timings of prayers are informed by the mosque authorities the night before. Mostly Eid prayers are conducted around 9 or 10 am in the morning. Being a short prayer of around 7 to 10 minutes, people ask for peace and happiness through out the following months.
After the prayers, muslims exchange their Eid greetings by hugging everyone irrespective of the person being familiar or not. This practice encourages the concept of unity and brotherhood.
4. Meeting relatives and friends
After Eid prayers, muslims meet their relatives and friends and spend time with each other. People living out of their home town visit their family on this day. It strengthens the connection between elders and youngsters as they share their greetings and discuss about their life events. This day is taken as a good opportunity to mend broken relationships too.
It is a good practice to visit sick persons and poor families. This will enable one to feel thankful for being healthy and content. It also helps the under privileged ones to feel blessed and supported.
Then comes the grand feast on the day of Eid. Mostly non-vegetarian dishes adorn the Eid feast table. Common dishes are biryani, pulao, kebab and firni. South Indians prefer white rice or ghee rice with spicy chicken or mutton curry. Sweets and desserts are made a day before and served after meal.
Eid being celebrated by a vast population of India, it unifies people with thoughts of giving, sharing, caring and supporting. Eid is not just a festival to celebrate, but also a chance to make ourselves better after practicing patience for a whole month of Ramadan.