Eid Al-Fitr: Ramadan’s Sweet Ending

By RIMA AL-MUKHTAR, RIMA.ALMUKHTAR@ARABNEWS.COM

Eid al-Fitr, Arabic for the Festival of Fast-Breaking, is a three-day holiday for Muslims around the world. It falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. Muslims celebrate this holiday after completing a whole month of fasting and Qur’an reading.

On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations and mosques to perform the Eid prayer called Al-Mashhad. In Saudi Arabia, people usually gather before the prayer to give well wishes and greet each other for the holiday and exchange presents and Eidiyah (money given as an Eid present).

On Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims are allowed to have food in the morning and practice their old habits of eating breakfast and drinking coffee.

“Saudis usually gather with their friends and family for the big Eid breakfast,” said 56-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Nasser. “My family and I get together at my grandfather’s house to have our traditional Eid breakfast: A dining table filled with different kinds of traditional home cooked meals.”

read more on Arab News

Categories: Islam, Saudi Arabia

2 replies

  1. Assalamo Alaikum Rafiq sahib, and a happy Eid Mubarak to all the family.
    Read your brief article in The Muslim Times Blog.
    Where are you based now? Have not seen you in many a year. When you visit UK next we would love you to come to Stevenage.
    Wassalam
    Arshad Ahmedi

  2. Wa alaikum us salam. Nice to hear from you. Eid Mubarak to all of you too. We are lucky here in Amman, Jordan, as we had Eid already yesterday 30th August “in brotherhood with Saudi Arabia”. I myself was working mostly in Iraq lately with the family in Amman, will start working in Libya just after Eid, Inshallah. Prayers requested…

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