Muslims, at the end of month-long fasting in Ramadan, celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid is an Arabic term meaning 'festivity' or 'celebration' while Fitr means 'to break the fast'. On Eid people come together to pray and be with their families, prepare great feasts, exchange gifts, continue to give to charity, and forgive and forget any rifts.
Muslims pray and thank Allah for giving them the strength and will to get through the holy month of fasting. This year Ramadan had been a little severe here with hot and humid conditions persisting for the larger part. By the grace of God, it rained in between whenever the temperatures rose beyond comfort.
Eid-ul-Fitr is significant as it is the occasion which lets us unite and rejoice forgiving and forgetting any rifts. People hug each other greeting Eid Mubarak and exchange gifts and sweets.
The month-long fasting, that preceeds the Eid, essentially introduces one to compassion, charity and understanding of difficulties faced by others. Charity is the essence of Ramadan. It continues on Eid as well with fitrah (fitrana or zakat -ul -fitar). Fitrah is the money at a prescribed rate per every member of the household, including servants and guests who were sheltered under his roof the preceding evening. Every Muslim is obligated to give Fitrah to the needy before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid is a time to rejoice, reflect, forgive and forget. Eid is a festival of camaraderie. Eid-ul-Fitr or popularly called 'meethi Eid' everyone celebrated this year on July 07 with traditional fervor.
Wishing everyone Eid Mubarak!
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