Eid al-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is a joyous occasion celebrated by Muslims around the world. In Bahrain, this festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm, with families and friends coming together to enjoy traditional food, exchange gifts, and participate in various activities.
The festivities begin after the sighting of the new moon, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The day usually starts with the early morning prayers, which take place at mosques throughout the country. The sermon emphasizes the significance of the occasion and the importance of community, unity, and compassion. Following the prayer, they greet each other with the traditional “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed Eid.”
After the prayers, families gather to enjoy a delicious breakfast, often consisting of traditional dishes like Balaleet, a sweet vermicelli pudding sometimes topped with an omelet.
Another popular tradition is the giving of Eidia, which are gifts of money given to children by adults. This tradition is a way of spreading joy and happiness among the younger generation and is eagerly anticipated by children across Bahrain.
In the afternoon, families often gather for a special lunch, which may include a whole roasted lamb or other traditional dishes such as Biryani and Quzi. The festivities continue into the night, with families and friends visiting one another, exchanging greetings and enjoying the festive atmosphere.
At the heart of Eid al-Fitr is the celebration of love, family, and community. It is a time to reconnect with loved ones, share in the joy and blessings of the past year, and express gratitude for the gift of life. Through the festive traditions of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are reminded of the importance of compassion, generosity, and forgiveness, and of the need to build stronger family ties and friendships.