The holy month of Ramadan is gradually coming to an end, culminating in the annual Eid al-Fitr celebration.
Just Like many Islamic festivals, Eid’s actual date is not fixed and dates shifts each year depending on the cycle of the moon. Muslims faithful determine the start of Eid based on the new beginning of a new moon cycle following the beginning of the moon at the start of Ramadan.
As a result of this, it can be difficult to determine when Eid exactly starts. While most scholars have speculated that Eid will fall on Monday, May 2 this year there are some others who speculate it will fall on May 3 instead.
Based on how importance and special it is as a holiday, Eid is marked by a very specific type of prayer generally performed in a large hall or a field – for example, Platt Fields park regularly hosts prayers. Eid supplications are also peculiar in that they are one of the only prayers that must be performed in a congregation, stressing the importance of the Islamic community coming together to celebrate.
As traditionally practiced, Eid prayers begin at sunset on the night the crescent moon is first sighted but many mosques will rather offer to do Eid prayers the next morning. Once the prayers are finished, Muslims will commence visiting their relatives and friends to wish them a happy Eid and often exchange gifts or sweets.
Eid is also a highly respected special holiday as it is globally regarded as one of only two days that Allah (God) fixed as two days of festivity – the other being Eid al-Adha which honours the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son by Allah’s command.
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