Today,10th April,2014,is the ninth day of ‘A to Z challenge of words’. My theme is ‘the festivals of India. The festival for today is Id ul Fitr
|Namaz at Jama Masjid, Delhi.|
Id ul Fitr is a Muslim festival celebrated all over the world. It marks the end of fasting period of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is also known as Eid ul Fitr
Eid ul fitr and Eid. It is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The exact day of this festival is not fixed. It depends on the sighting of the new moon. Most of the countries follow Saudia Arabia in this context. The prayers are held in masjids or mosques. Many Muslims attend prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food). During Id ul-Fitr Muslims believe that this festival is a reward after a strict fasting for one month. Muslims, on this day, wear their best clothes and offer 'namaz' at a congregational prayer at masjids or mosques.
After offering their prayers they exchange gifts with their neighbours and other people. They wish each other and also donate alms. Id-ul-Fitr is observed with great enthusiasm. Delicious food and drinks are an indispensable part of the festivity. People decorate their houses and prepare luscious traditional sweets and cuisine to celebrate the festival. The most common recipe for this festival is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli). Fancy dresses and food items mostly dominate the festival. As the festival approaches, excitement to celebrate gains momentum with the people.
The celebration of Id-ul-Fitr, no-doubt perks up the spirit inherent in all the festivities. The significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude.
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