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Eid'l Fitr: The New Year Celebration in the Muslim World

Updated on September 12, 2010
Eidul Fitr Meal (Photo courtesy of Syefri Zulkefli from Shah Alam, Malaysia  )
Eidul Fitr Meal (Photo courtesy of Syefri Zulkefli from Shah Alam, Malaysia )

 

As the sunrise begins on September 10, Friday, the culminating activity of Ramadan, a month-long fasting of our Muslim brothers and sisters will start and a new year-like celebration (along with fireworks) will be seen in the major cities here in the Philippines. Of course, halal meals (all vegetarian meals) will be served to family members and friends (including Christian-friends who are interested to partake).

This also coincides with the directive of our President Benigno S. Aquino III aka P-Noy, to observe the day as a regular holiday throughout the country; to give our Muslim counterparts full opportunity to celebrate after a month-long fasting.

Eid al Fitr Mubarak (2009) c/o princesssarah786

Eid Mubarak to all Muslims

 Muslims in the Philippines live alongside with Christians and other religious sects simultaneously. Although, there are isolated Muslim groups who are fundamentalists who continue to create chaos in the archipelago, the respect to each other's beliefs are presence in day-to-day challenges.

So getting to know them will erase all the stereotyping that we usually read, hear or even witness from skeptics and negative thinkers.

Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting ‘Eid Mubārak ("Blessed Eid") or ‘Eid Sa‘eed ("Happy Eid"). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions - in Turkey, for example, a typical saying might be Bayramınız kutlu olsun or "May your Bayram - Eid - be happy." Muslims are also encouraged on this day to forgive and forget any differences or past animosities that may have occured with others during the year.

So, if only all of us will live by our faith and not with our personal differences and ideologies, there will be no war on Earth.

Eid ul-Fitr: The End of Ramadan

 Many Christian believers are beginning to be converted as Muslims, these days. To mention a few, Philippine movie action star Robin Padilla is a convert and vocally advocates the teaching of Koran.

It's not about marrying many women, I think. It's about the steadfast teachings that lure non-believers to try a new lifestyle based from the holy teachings of prophet Muhammed.

Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "conclusion of the fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the celebration of the conclusion of the month of fasting from dawn to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan (calendar month). The first day of Eid, therefore, is the first day of the month Shawwal that comes after Ramadan.

I've read a Filipino version of the Koran and I see no wrong with the teachings on it. I think that all kinds of faith are  interlaced with one another or the continuation of the process of having faith wherever you are in this world.

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @iluvceleb: Thanks for dropping by. I respect others's religious affiliations, like or Muslim brothers.

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      iluvceleb 3 years ago

      This is informative hub. I remember I also made a research about Eid al-Fitr before.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Yuuki Yume: Thanks for getting ideas and facts about Eid'l Fitr. Yes, they're festive in celebrating this special occasion.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Yuuki Yume: Thanks for getting ideas and facts about Eid'l Fitr. Yes, they're festive in celebrating this special occasion.

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      Yuuki Yume 6 years ago

      hey, travel_man1971! Thanks a lot for the article! I was able to find some answers to my assignment! this was useful!!! hahahaha!!! I can say that Moslems are quite festive during Eid'l Fitr, aren't they? :)

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @denden mangubat: Thanks for the enlightenment. Yes, I've read that Moslems ask guidance directly from Allah while Christians' way to the Father is through Jesus Christ.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @febriedethan: Good neighbors always share what they prepared during celebrations, like this, regardless of anything...as in religion. Thanks for reaching out friend.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Sandyspider: Thanks for being here. Helps a lot!

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      denden mangubat 7 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      if you want to have a relationship directly to the Father you must become a moslem,if you want to experience God's loving Son then be a christian.Moslems,Judaism and Christians are true religions.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow travel_man1971, you have to see this celebration in my country, although I'm not Muslim but I enjoy the celebration itself :)

      You know, most of my countrymen are going to their hometown, and it's mean heavy traffic to the East hahaha..they're visiting their family, relatives, friends, and share their success in their villages.

      And me, I still stay in my town and enjoy all the Eidl Fitr's dishes that were brought by my neighbors hahaha..

      Thank you for this wonderful hub, my friend :) Rated Up!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for sharing this celebration.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, Sir hafeezrm. We're in the same world so, we should exist harmoniously...Christians, Muslims, pagans, gnostics...etc. After all, we're all humans.

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice article. Thanks for sharing. We in Pakistan would celeberate the Eid on 11-Sep-10