Eid, a significant Islamic holiday, is celebrated by Muslims around the world with various customs and traditions. The central theme of Eid is one of joy, gratitude, and unity among the Muslim community. While specific practices may vary depending on cultural and regional differences, here are some important traditions that are commonly followed on Eid:
The day typically begins with a special prayer known as Salat al-Eid, which is performed in a congregation at the mosque or an open prayer ground. This prayer is an essential part of the Eid celebration and is usually held in the morning.
Before the Eid prayer, Muslims are encouraged to give Zakat al-Fitr, a form of charity, to help those in need. It is obligatory for those who can afford it and is meant to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy the festivities of Eid.
It is customary to wear new or your finest clothes on Eid as a symbol of joy and celebration. Many people also apply perfume and adorn themselves with accessories.
After the morning prayer, families gather for a special breakfast or brunch. Traditional foods vary by region but often include sweet dishes like sheer khurma (a sweet milk and vermicelli dessert) and various savoury dishes.
Giving and receiving gifts is a common tradition on Eid. It’s a way to express love and gratitude to family and friends. Children, in particular, look forward to receiving Eidi, which is money or gifts given to them by elders.
Eid is a time for socializing and strengthening community bonds. Families often visit relatives, friends, and neighbours to exchange greetings and well wishes.
Many Muslims take the opportunity to engage in acts of charity and kindness during Eid. This can include visiting the sick, helping the less fortunate, and assisting those in need.
Houses are often decorated with lights, flowers, and other festive decorations to create a joyful atmosphere.
Muslims exchange greetings such as “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) or “Eid Sa’id” (Happy Eid) as a way of spreading good wishes and blessings.
Food plays a significant role in Eid celebrations. Families prepare elaborate feasts and invite loved ones to share in the festive meal. Traditional dishes may vary by culture but often include biryani, kebabs, and various sweets.
In addition to the Eid prayer, many Muslims spend the day in acts of worship, reflection, and gratitude to Allah for the blessings in their lives.
It is also common to share a portion of the Eid meal with those who are less fortunate as an act of kindness and charity.
Written by: Sayyeda Maryam Ziya