Eid Mubarak

2016-07-06 06:00
 Muslims across the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on 6 July.

Muslims across the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on 6 July.

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MUSLIMS across the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on 6 July, depending on the sighting of the new moon. Eid marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

Ramadan, which began on 6 June this year, is the month on the Islamic calendar in which the Prophet Muhammad is said to have revealed their holy book - the Qu'ran - to Muslims.

Muslims fast during the hours of daylight, meaning they are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset and undertake extra prayers and worship during the period, as a means to grow closer to Allah.

Eid-ul-fitr translates literally to “festival of the breaking of the fast” in English from Arabic Eid Mubarak.
The traditional greeting reserved for the festival, Eid means "celebration" and refers to the occasion itself, and Mubarak means "blessed and/or happy".

Muslims gather at mosques in the morning to perform the Eid prayer, before holding family gatherings and visiting friends. It is a time to give incharity to those in need and celebrate with family and friend the completion of a month of blessings and joy. Feasts and sweets are shared to mark the end of the fasting period, and the greeting “Eid Mubarak” is constantly heard’. The celebrations are seen as a time of forgiveness and of giving thanks to Allah for helping people to complete their spiritual fasting.

In many Muslim countries the celebrations continue for three-day period.

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