Eid Al-Fitr

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Eid Al-Fitr is a 3 day holiday celebrated after the Islamic month of Ramadan.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.  The month of Ramadan is a lunar month and moves ahead by about 2 weeks each year.  This year Ramadan began August 1st and ended August 30th.  In Jordan, we fasted each day from approximately 4:30 am until 7:20pm – nearly 15 hours.

The Islamic fast includes refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual contact from dawn until sunset.  After the call for Maghrab prayer, at sunset, Muslims will then break their fast with family or friends over a large delicious meal – usually consisting of dates, soups, salads, rice, meat or chicken, a variety of refreshments, followed by desserts made especially during Eid.  During the Month of Ramadan, many Muslims also attend the usual 5 prayers at the Mosque, in addition they attend evening prayers where portions of the Quran are recited each night.  Many Muslims stay up all night to pray and read the Quran (the Islamic Holy Book) – many Muslims read the entire Quran at least once during the month.  Muslims give charity and praticipate in many good deeds during Ramadan as well.  Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, supplication, charity, good deeds, kindness and helping others.  It is also a time of cleansing onseself from sin and working towards a more pious life.  The fast is required for all Muslims who have reached the age puberty, except for pregnant women, lactating women, menstruating women, chronically ill, and mentally ill.

Usual celebrations of Eid Al-Fitr begins with a morning prayer at the Mosque.  Everyone is dressed in new or their best clothes, attend the morning prayer, and then visit relatives and friends.  Gifts and money are often given to the children and women.  Each day, of the 3 days festival, is spent visiting family and friends.  In Jordan, the people are off of work during these 3 days of Eid Al-Fitr, so they can fully enjoy their time celebrating with family.

Other Blogs I follow have also written about Ramadan and Eid AlFitr.  Please check out these bloggers perspecitves on the same topic:

http://sojourney.wordpress.com/

http://godfaithpen.com/tag/ramadan/