Joy Of An Eid Day

The first eid day celebrated by the entire Muslims world wide is always a festive and most exciting day. Although the eid lasts for three whole days but the enthusiasm and thrill of the first day is always more. The month of Ramadan where every Muslim fasts from the dawn till the early starting of night is over and people are enjoying the reward God gave his believers.
As the sun sets on Ramadan, multitudes of expectant ecstatic eyes become glued to the skies, which are eager to sight the new moon. For that new moon indicates the coming of the Eid day. Muslims celebrate two eids in a year called Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated right after Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated in the commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son for God. As the Quran says:
“That you complete the number (of Fasts) and proclaim the greatness of God for having guided you, and so that you may render thanks and rejoice” (Al-Quran 2:185)

The Muslims even after spending a busy month of Ramadan where they fast in the morning and pray at night, start their eid day by going to prayers to the Mosque early in the morning and this is not just done by the Muslim men but women also crave to go. The first eid day of Eid-ul-Fitr is always exciting where people visit their neighbors, relatives, friends and family right after they are done with their prayers. Muslims living in a foreign country away from their families call each other to wish them a Happy Eid, post cards, presents or mail them. Holidays are given for atleast three to four days in every Muslim majority countries. This way other nations also get to celebrate a vacation and share the joy of eid.

Everyone from small children to elderly people, rich and poor are dressed in new, fancy clothes and accessories. New clothes are also gifted to needy and underprivileged people to let them know that there is no discrimination neither in the eyes of God or in the eyes of a Muslim. Shops, roads in all the Muslim countries are decorated and lighted to celebrate the eid day. People visit each other for lunch and dinners on the eid day where the entire family unites, laugh, have a good time and enjoy themselves.

The fun of celebrating an Eid in a Muslim country is far much more enjoying and thrilling than celebrating it in a foreign country that is why Muslims who are settled abroad go to their home country to spend a glorious time with their close friends and family. That is why flights in this time of a year are all booked for months, airports are flooding with people. Mostly people wait all year to go back to their home country to enjoy the eid as well as relax and take sometime off from the hectic routine they have in their inhabitant countries.

The first eid day of Eid-ul-Adha starts with prayers just like Eid-ul-Fitr but what makes Eid-ul-Adha different from Eid-ul-Fitr is that every Muslim who have the ability to afford has to sacrifice atleast one animal i.e. a sheep, lamb, goat, cow or even a camel in the name of God. The meat gotten from the sacrifice is always divided into three parts as told by the Prophet of the Muslims Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). One for the house members, the second one for the neighbors and the third part for the poor and needy.

These Eids celebrated by the Muslims is a religious tradition that has been being practiced for decades and not one single change has been made in the rituals till the death of the last Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). It’s a wonderful tradition followed by every Muslim where its not just about rich people enjoying their blessings but needy people are also in on it not feeling left out.
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