Saturday, October 13, 2007

EID MUBARAK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Insha'Allah everyone has a blessd Eid!!

As the sun rises on the first day of Shawwal, Muslims celebrate the coming of `Eid Al-Fitr, which some call "the day of the prize and compassion."

`Eid Al-Fitr is named after breaking the fast, being the first day after Muslims finish their month-long fast of Ramadan. Muslims spend the three days of this feast in continuous joy, delight, and most importantly communicating with one another.

Shortly after sunrise on the morning of the first day in Shawwal, Muslims in all parts of the world wake up to perform the congregational `Eid Prayer, gathering the rich and poor, the young and old, in a state of unity and harmony.

In Muslim countries, it is customary in `Eid to eat dates or kahk (Arabic for "cookies") and then visit families, relatives, and friends. During these visits, people exchange greetings that differ from one country to another.

How Muslims celebrate `Eid varies from one community to the other, and this has proved to be a source of cultural richness and diversity. `Eid is an essential part of the Islamic identity and culture that dictates all the practices of celebrations — the dresses you wear, the songs you sing and listen to, and what you say to one another.

Wherever you are — North or South, East or West, tell us about how you prepare for this occasion.

How do you greet your families and friends? What do you say or do?
How do you celebrate? Do you go outdoors? Where do you go? Or do you prefer staying at home? What do you do indoors?
What kind of food do you eat?
What songs or nashids do you listen to?

1 comment:

  1. Belated Eid Mubarak to you and you family Sis :) May Allah bless your year to come with health and happiness.ameen...

    About your questions about Eid: In my family the morning of Eid after Fajr prayer, the women of the house get up and start to prepare the days meal(if they didnt stay awake all night doing it!) and then serve breakfast,dress the children,etc, and the family then go out for the Eid prayer. When returning we spread bukhoor(perfumed smoke) through the home and ready it for the extended family well wishers who will come over. We make all kinds of sweets and dishes, and tea and coffee. In my family we always eat a lunch of fish and rice or meat and rice for lunch on this day, we make it with all kinds of dippings and condiments to go on the side. At night we go out(weather permitting) to have a small BBQ at the beach or park, and sit for hours playing games with the children, talking, and sipping coffee or saffron tea. This is my favorite part! The second day, we will go out to the extended families homes for visiting and etc, the same way they came to us the day before...OR, we will travel to another city for a short vacation for sightseeing and shopping, or BBQ's and parks..Regardless of what we do, it is as a family, this is what is important to me the most :)Thanks for asking these questions, it was interesting to share with you.

    love, sultana :)


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