Eid is the biggest festival of Muslims and celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm throughout the world. The celebrations of Eid commences from ‘Chaand Raat’ that is “Night of the Moon”. The festive actually begins from the first day of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a stern fast and involve in religious activities such as helping people in Mosque, Charity to the poor, Food and clothes to the needy etc. Ramadan is a month of Internal Spiritual rebirth for those who observe it with full-heartedness. What follows Ramadan is a three day, celebration popularly known as Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking).
Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. The day of Eid starts early morning where people visit Mosque to pray to the Almighty, Meet and greet the family and friends, Exchange rituals and blessings, make phone calls to the long distant well-wishers. In some parts of the world, this continues for 3 days and in those countries, these three days are the national holiday. Men wear Pathani suits or Kurta Pajamas with sheer elegance and women wear new clothes like Sararas or Salwar Kameez along with Abayas for Eid-al-Fitr.
History of Eid-al-Fitr
The originator of Eid-al-Fitr was Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca and arrived in the city of Medina. In Medina, he found some people celebrating two special days in the year in which people were more inclined towards amusement and Entertainment. Prophet Muhammad inquired about the nature of celebration and got to know that these two days are occasions of recreation and fun.
The Prophet Muhammad enlightened the crowd that the Almighty God has already set two days of festivals and celebrations instead of these festivities, one is Eid-ul-Fitr and the other one is Eid-ul-Adha.
Since then, for all Muslims, these days are occasions for showing gratitude to the Almighty Allah. Muslims fast on a daily basis in the holy month of Ramadan every year from sunrise to sunset. Fasting involves abstaining from beverages, food, and sexual relations.
It is believed that this practice has helped the community to develop Self-Discipline and self-control. The month-long fasting exercise is believed to clean one’s soul and develop the strength to live a life of obedience to Almighty God.
How is Eid Celebrated in India?
The day which follows Chand Raat is the Eid-al-Fitr. Muslims start the celebrations from the night by visiting Malls and other places for Eid shopping and enjoying with family and friends. Girls apply traditional Henna on their Hands and Feet. People greet each other with “Eid Mubarak” and often than not gifts are exchanged along with the sum of money, called as Eidi. Eidi is generally given by Elders to the younger ones. What follows is New traditional clothes, favorite food, blessings and eventful evening. Family members and relatives come together to share sweets, snacks, Sevayyian (sweet Vermicelli) and greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”. Charity is an Integral part of Eid celebrations and called as fitra which is generally done before morning and evening prayers.
Gifting in Eid has a long history. People gift each other some great home décor products like Wall arts, Showpieces etc . The basic reason for gifting is to strengthening the bond amongst each other and to teach the next generation a joy of giving. Carved stones, Candle holder, bedsheets are all great gifting options during Eid. You can also Gift Jewellery on Eid or gift kurtis on Eid and make your Eid as special as ever.
What do people wear on Eid?
Eid is all about Amazing food, Enthusiastic people, vibrant clothes, family time, love and blessing. Another aspect of Eid is the clothes to wear during the Celebration. The most preferred attire for a girl is a Designer Salwar Suit with a lot of embroidery and motifs. The soft and fresh masterpiece looks amazing and can be perfect attire for Eid prayer and the evening celebration. A-line suits, Elegant Anarkalis, velvet Kurtis and much more fashions and trends are available for the women.
Floor length abayas with multicolored patterns and pleasant colour options are another subtle wear for this Festival. The abayas look very stylish even with the complimentary Hijabs. For Salwar Kameez and Gowns, colours like light pink, yellow, orange or even green are the most chosen one and looks super cool matching the magnificence of the occasion. Chiffon and Georgette are the most preferred fabric for any kind of traditional wear for Eid celebrations.
For men, the traditional pathani, Kurta Pajamas, Formal shirts, Long Kurtas are the few options that are most preferred and vastly used. Men compliment their dressing with matching shoes and a designer watch.
Out and out, the Eid-al-Fitr is a fun filled festival enjoyed by all. Eid Mubarak, my friends!!