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What is Eid-al Fitr and How Muslims Celebrate Eid Ul Fitr

Updated on June 18, 2012
In Indonesia, ketupat (rice steamed in woven packaets of coconut fronds) is a symbol of Idul Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) feast after Ramadan fasting.
In Indonesia, ketupat (rice steamed in woven packaets of coconut fronds) is a symbol of Idul Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) feast after Ramadan fasting.

For the Muslims, Eid Ul Fitr is one of the most special moments for the entire days. It is like Christmas for the Christians. Therefore, it is really normal for the Muslims to have the desire in celebrating this special day. Here, we are going to talk about such celebrations and the things related to it. However, before that, it seems better for us to talk about what Eid Ul Fitr actually is since not all people are familiar with it. This day is also known as the Day of Purity. The Muslims believe that when they can reach this day, it means that they have been pure again. Their sins have been wiped out. How can such redemption happen?

Eid Ul Fitr celebration - forgiving each other
Eid Ul Fitr celebration - forgiving each other
Eid Ul Fitr in India
Eid Ul Fitr in India

Fasting month of Ramadan

Well, before celebrating Eid Ul Fitr, Muslims are obliged to deal with fasting for a full month which is called Ramadhan. For 30 days, the Muslims need to control their desire and lust. They need to stop eating and drinking from the sunrise until the dawn when the sun is set. During the day, the Muslims also need to control their emotion. They should not lie, get angry, and do the other sinful things. The point is to make the faith to Allah become greater and they can also use such fasting as the medium to find the redemption from the God. After spending the day by fasting and managing the emotion, when the Maghrib has come, the Muslims are allowed to break the fasting. It is such as blessing indeed. The dry throat and the hungry tummy will be wet and filled with foods. Such moment is aimed to make the Muslims always remember to feel grateful about the foods and the water that they can enjoy. They should also think about the other people who are not as lucky as they are who can eat three times a day. During the Ramadhan month, the Muslims are also recommended to share with the other people since all Muslims are brothers and sisters to each others. Again, this phase will make the Muslims become closer to the Great Creator, Allah. After breaking the fast, the Muslims will go to the mosque to say their special prayers for the Ramadhan month which are called Sholat Tarawih. The Muslims believe that to do this kind of prayers, they will get a lot of blessings

Muslim Holiest Holiday

Yes, indeed, Ramadhan month is the most precious month for the whole year. It is the month where the gate of heaven is open widely and the gate of hell is closed along with the devils being locked up inside. It is definitely the moment where the Muslims can increase their religiousness greatly. After Ramadhan month is over, Syawal month comes. This is where the Eid Ul Fitr is held. In the Eid Ul Fitr eve, the Muslims will start echoing takbir by saying “Allahu Akbar” as the expression for their gratitude. It is definitely the celebration for what has been done by the Muslims for the entire Ramadhan month. It is the time for the Muslims to celebrate by having Sholat Eid together. During this moment, all Muslims will feel the joy for sure. After that, there are so many kinds of celebration are done. Normally, the Muslims will use this moment to gather round with the family. They eat together and ask for forgiveness each other. They hope that all of their sins can be erased by doing that and there will be no vengeance left in each heart of the Muslims since they have been forgiving each other. Well, such condition will help the Muslims to keep in touch and harmonious together. It is even possible for the Muslims who live far away from their families to go back to where they are from just to have this kind of gathering which is usually called as silaturahmi.

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