Very soon many countries around the world will be celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr translates as “festival of breaking the fast”; it is also known as the Sugar Feast, Bayram and the Sweet Festival. It celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting.
Throughout Ramadan Muslims fast throughout the daylight hours and eat after sunset. During Eid Muslims are not permitted to fast, it marks a day in which Muslims around the world show common unity. Eid is seen as one of the two most important Muslim festivals. Generosity is strong throughout the occasion and participants often give thanks to Allah for the strength to practice self-control throughout the fast.
This year Eid falls on Monday the 28th of July, it will be celebrated in around the world, particularly in countries with a heavy Muslim presence.
On the day of Eid participants gather to pray, there is a specific prayer for Eid; Salat al-Eid or Eid al-Fitr Namaz. There are two different procedures for Sunni and Shia Islam. In most Muslim countries there is a three-day holiday for government organisations and schools.
During Eid Muslims are also encouraged to look back on the past year with a view to forgiveness and moving forwards.
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