Children wishing each other Eid Mubarak
CAIRO – 16 June 2017: The end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar during which Muslim worldwide fast from dawn to sunset, is near; Muslims have already started preparing for Eid al-Fitr, a three-day celebration of end of their holy month.
Here are 5 main manifestations of Muslims' celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which means the feast of end of month of fasting, around the world.
Give to the poor:
Giving charity is the first manifestation linked to the Eid that actually starts earlier during the last ten days of Ramadan. It is mandatory that Muslims give the poor "zakat al-Fitr, " which means Al-Fitr Charity. It is preferred that the charity is given before the dawn of the first day of feast to allow poor people to buy their celebratory goods.
Break your breakfast:
On Eid al Fitr, Muslims are not allowed to fast. They usually celebrate the end of fasting by eating deserts, particularly Eid cookies before going for dawn prayer.
Looking your best:
Muslims buy new clothes for Eid, it is traditional inherited from Prophet Muhammad, so Muslims look their best during the feast.
Attend Eid prayer
Early in the morning, people gather in front of a mosque or an open area designated for mass prayer, where preachers urge Muslims to keep the Islamic teachings of forgiveness and kinship.
Give Eid gifts or money to the young
Adults usually give children and young people money or gifts on the first day of Eid. Families often visit their family members and friends to exchange gifts.