Muslims all around the world are getting ready for the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023. The celebration, also known as Meethi Eid or Eid al-Fitr, signals the completion of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims observe roza (fasting) from dawn until dark for one month while partaking in religious activities and introspection.
One of the most important festivals in the Islamic religion, Eid-Ul-Fitr, is a happy celebration. Muslims finish their roza on this day, give thanks to Allah for providing them with health and strength during Ramadan, don new garments, cook special foods, give to the needy, and spend time with their loved ones.
Following the sighting of the new moon, the festival is often observed on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. To learn more about the festival’s date, history, significance, and festivities, keep reading.
The Islamic calendar’s Shawwal month, which contains roughly 29 or 30 days in a month, is when Eid ul-Fitr occurs. Since religious authorities’ observations of the new moon determine when a lunar Hijri month begins, Eid-Ul-Fitr is observed on different days in different parts of the world. Eid-Ul-Fitr is anticipated to be observed this year from April 21 (Friday) through April 23 (Sunday). The actual date can change depending on the moon’s sighting.
Kerala observes Eid-ul-Fitr a day earlier than the rest of the nation because the moon sighting follows the conventional Islamic calendar and waits for the actual moon sighting. Only Kerala is an Indian state where the date of Eid-ul-Fitr is determined by the moon’s appearance in Saudi Arabia. The grand mufti of Kashmir, who establishes the start of the celebration based on moon sighting times, decides when Eid-Ul-Fitr begins there.
It is thought that the Prophet Muhammad received the Holy Quran during the month of Ramadan for the first time. Muslims observe a fast from sunrise till nightfall, focus their prayers on Allah, and avoid thinking negatively during this blessed month. The end of Ramadan is observed on Eid-ul-Fitr. They gather with friends and family to celebrate the roza and have a nice supper.
Worldwide, Eid-Ul-Fitr is observed by Muslims with prayers before dawn and a sermon shortly after. In addition to donning new clothing, giving Zakat (alms) to the needy, and distributing sweets, people also consume a variety of foods, such as Biryani, Haleem, Nihari, kebabs, and Seviyan. Elders also give children gifts and cash on an occasion known as Eid.