Top 10 Facts About Eid ul-Fitr That You Need To Know About
Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr today, a festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Today, we present to you the list of top 10 facts about Eid ul-Fitr.
Top 10 facts about Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr is held to celebrate the end of fasting
Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated after a month of fasting known as Ramadan. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. At the end of this month, the festival Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated.
Eid ul-Fitr begins when the new moon is first sighted
The celebration of Eid ul-Fitr begins when the new moon appears in the sky. Some Muslims celebrate Eid when the new moon appears over Mecca instead of their own locations where they live.
Eid ul-Fitr typically lasts for three days
Eid ul-Fitr typically lasts for three days. During these three days, Muslims visit their family members, eat special foods and give gifts to each other. Elders also give children gifts and money.
Eid traditions include eating dates
In Hadith literature, it is mentioned that the messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates. Muslims eat dates and go to mosques to pray during the holy month of Ramadan. The date was also one of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) favourite food.
Eid is celebrated by 1.8 billion people
Nearly 1.8 billion people celebrate Eid each year across the globe, making it one of the biggest religious festivals in the world.
Muslims clean their bodies and wear new clothes on Eid morning
On Eid morning, Muslims clean their bodies in a ritual called “ghusl.” Then they wear new clothes and perform morning prayers. All the members of the family wear new clothes.
Eid ul-Fitr is known by different names all over the world
Eid ul-Fitr is also spelt Eid al-Fitr. The festival is known by different names all over the world. The festival is called ‘Ramazan Bairami’ in Azerbaijan, ‘Lebaran’ in Indonesia, ‘Korite’ in Senegal, and ‘Hari Raya Puasa’ in Malaysia.
Henna application on the eve of Eid
Henna application is part of the Islamic culture. Muslim women decorate their hands with beautiful henna patterns on the eve of Eid. The celebrations are not complete without the breathtaking henna designs.
The festival is also known as “The Lesser Eid”
Eid is celebrated twice a year. Eid ul-Fitr is also known as “The Lesser Eid.” The other is Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or “Greater Eid.”
In Muslim countries, Eid is an official public holiday that lasts for three days. The holiday can also be extended to four days.
These are the top 10 facts about Eid ul-Fitr. What is your favourite part about the festival?