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2018 Eid al-Fitr date for Ujjain, India

Eid al-Fitr

15th
June 2018
(Friday)
Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr 2018

Eid al-Fitr also known as Meethi Eid is a major Muslim festival and is celebrated across the world on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of Islamic calendar (Hijri). Eid-al-Fitr also marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Traditionally, the month in Islamic calendar begins with sighting of crescent moon. During Ramadan, Muslims observe strict fast 'Rozah' and devote their time to establish a closer connection with divinity, 'Allah'. They practice absolute abstinence during the month of Ramadan and dedicate most of their time in devotion of Allah and his teachings. Thus, Eid al-Fitr marks the beginning of festivities after the month long discipline and restraint.

Celebrations

The festivities begin with the early morning bath followed by first prayer of the day called Salat al-Fazr followed by Takbir. The Salat prayer is traditionally performed in groups, thus Muslims gather at a mosque, open field, Eidgah or a big hall and perform the prayer together administered by Imam. Eid is also an occasion when Muslims make charity of clothes, money and food, known as Fitra. Zakat is also an important part of Islamic tradition and is given on the occasions of Eid al-Fitr. Muslims as a part of sanctifying their possessions give a portion of their annual savings as tax to poor or needy. Whilst in some countries Zakat is voluntary, in other countries it is mandatory and is collected by state.

Men, women, young and old donned in new clothes exchange Eid greetings by embracing each other signifying love and mutual brotherhood. In Indian subcontinent, Muslims in their traditional attire 'Shalwar-Kameez' and traditional cap visit each other, give away gifts and participate in the revelry of Eid all-day. Women adorn their hands with Henna for the occasion. Eidi, a sum of money is given to children as part of Eid gift.

Special feast is prepared on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which comprises mainly sweet dishes, thus it is also called Meethi Eid in India and other South Asian countries. The main delicacy of Eid al-Fitr is Seviyan which is made by boiling wheat noodles with milk and garnished with dried fruits and served hot or cold. The other dishes prepared on the occasion are Kheer, Phirni, Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Malai Kulfi, and Ras-Malai amongst others.

History

The festivities of Eid al-Fitr began in the holy city of Medina after the migration of Mohammad Prophet from Mecca. He established that two holiest days for indulging in festivities have already been marked in Quran by Almighty or Allah called Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, thus the tradition of celebrating Eid came into existence.

Significance

Eid al-Fitr largely signifies the breaking of fast and beginning the new month on sweet note. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from all kind of worldly pleasure and strictly follow teachings of Allah sanctifying their souls of vices and other impurities. Many Muslims read Quran during the month of Ramadan and strive to establish a connection with Allah, thus Eid al-Fitr is quintessentially a day of revelry and merriment after strict observance and abstinence. Muslims embrace their fellow humans that symbolizes accepting and loving every one of whatever social strata and class one belongs to.
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