AMMAN, Jordan – Eid Mubarak are the words that over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will receive as a greeting as they meet each other on the occasion and the celebration of Eid al-Fiter, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Kings, princes, and presidents of Islamic countries receive this greeting in their palaces from citizens and from other nations. Muslims around the world send sms greetings to each other over their mobiles and through emails in which they attach greetings cards.
Ramadan began 30 days ago after the sighting of the crescent moon – Hilal – and lasts for a period of one month. When the hilal is visible again at the end of the month, it is time to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, a public holiday that will be celebrated in all the Islamic countries. In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on their own local language and traditions, but the most popular words that all Muslims understand is Eid Mubarak.
Muslims all over the world wait anxiously for the festival to come. Shopping malls, jewelery shops, and sweet showrooms are crowded like never before, and everyone is trying to get the best buy for the Eid. Also, Eid al-Fiter is a season for getting married, and there are many songs around the Islamic world that say, we want to get married on Eid al-Fiter days.
Eid al-Fiter is the one of two most important religion occasions for Muslims around the world. These Arabic words mean festivity (Eid) and charity (Fiter). Most Muslims give money as charity to the poor people during these occasions. In some countries, they call it the Smaller Eid, as there is also the Greater Eid, which comes 70 days after Eid al-Fiter and meets with Haj when millions of Muslim pilgrims visit Mecca.
All Muslims prepare themselves for the Eid through the buying of new clothes and getting together at each other’s homes. The whole house is a hub of activity and excitement during the three days of Eid al-Fiter. Muslims also decorate their houses in their own special ways to create a feeling of Eid festivity among all family members. During the three days, Muslims visit the places of their relatives and loved ones and celebrate the festival. Delicious food and drinks are served to all those people who visit Muslim places on this festival.
Children enjoy Eid the most as they get money from family members to spend on sweets, toys, and simply enjoying themselves. They also enjoy this festival by wearing new clothes, playing games, and receiving gifts, as well as love, from all their near and dear ones.
Some big companies and banks offer their employers a month’s salary as a gift. The governments usually pay the salaries before the end of the month of Ramadan, because a lot of arrangements and preparations are done many days before the actual event of Eid al-Fiter. Shows and festivals are spread all over Islamic cities offering children and people good times to enjoy their Eid.
Also, the long holiday vacation, which lasts 4 to 6 days, is a perfect time for Muslims to leave their country for a vacation. Many offers from airlines and travel agents are published to encourage people to travel.
The eTN team wishes all Muslims around the world Eid Mubarak!