Features, The Eid Guide - April 25, 2022

What is Eid Al Fitr and how is it celebrated?


As Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims worldwide will celebrate Eid al-Fitr (also known as Eid ul-Fitr). Eid signals the end of a month of fasting from dawn to dusk and spiritual reflection and prayer.

In most cases, the day begins with prayers, and the major highlight is a large meal, but there are many other ways to celebrate.

Eid is a time to rejoice after completing among the most important religious obligations: fasting during the month of Ramadan. Many people celebrate this by giving presents and visiting family and friends.

While there are many things that everyone will do on Eid, with approximately 2 billion Muslims worldwide, it’s not surprising that people will celebrate this holy festival in various ways.

How is Eid observed?

People usually purchase clothes and gifts in the weeks leading up to Eid. It is common for those who celebrate to embellish their homes and dress in their most acceptable attire on occasion.

Families and friends gradually gather throughout the day to enjoy a rich, opulent feast, during which loved ones frequently exchange gifts and money. To accommodate many people attending, prayers are held at the mosque or in open spaces.

What foods are eaten during Eid al-Fitr?

Eid is all about feasting! While there is no set menu for what should be served, the dishes are always rich and decadent.

Samosas, meat-filled baked goods, and mixed grills are typical savory snacks. Sweet snacks such as baklava, halwa, and more may be served.

You can also serve chicken tikka, machboos, bokhari or mandi. No Eid dinner party is complete without some sort of a rice dish.

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