Festival of Breaking of the Fast is popularly known as Eid al-Fitr, this marks the end of Ramadan which is the month of fasting. This is the festival of rejoicing and feasting. The derivation of the word Fitr comes from the word ‘Fatar’ which means breaking.
On this day there is a preparation of special delicacies and foods and distribution is done to friends and neighbors. On this auspicious day all gather to the mosques for prayers meeting their relatives and friends.
Like all festivals have a particular day when it comes but in case of Ramadan it’s not the case, it comes in the 9th month of the Islamic year. This period is of increased self examination and religious devotion. The whole month fasting is done to understand the hunger and being thankful to the God for being the amongst the one who gets proper food, fasting as a habit is also good to give break to our digestion system for our rigid habits.
This is very important day for Muslims on this day they break their fast of one month they are in their best new clothes.
Here is a special Eid prayer which is performed in congregation. In the prayer there are two rak’at which is then followed by Khutba or sermon. Though this prayer is not compulsory then too most of them take out time from their busy schedule and take part in the prayers. Before starting off with their prayer they recite the glorification as follows ALLAHU AKBARULLAHU AKBARULLAHU AKBAR, LA ILLAHA ILLA; ALLAH, ALLAHU AKBARULLAHU AKBAR, WA LILLAH HILHAMD.
After offering prayers they visit each other with gifts which are mostly called as Eidi’s these are the gifts or the gift money given each other on the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, This day is marked as a holiday to every one. They greet each by saying “Eid Mubarak”, which means to have a blessed Eid.