Id-ul-Fitr is a religious, and the most important festival of Muslims which is celebrated worldwide. Such is the celebrations of Id that many non-Muslims partake in this joyous festival and get a taste of this enriching experience.

Ramadan Id-ul-Fitr In India:

Id is a three day long festival which marks the end of a month long fasting of Ramadan. Muslims firmly believe in discipline and the month long fasting is done to bring one`s self near to Allah by burning away all the sins and sinful thoughts from within. Basically, Ramadan is about purifying ones soul to become an honest, kind, forgiving, charitable and tolerant person. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days and break this fast on the 29th or the 30th day depending on the rising of the moon.

As the days of the fasting start to fade the fervour of the celebration of Eid takes over. The markets are thronged with Muslim buyers. Muslims decorate their homes, buy new clothes, and buy dry fruits and other ingredients for preparing mouth-watering dishes. Women folk enjoy buying jewellery and bangles. If the family is scattered due to their work, they make it a point to mark this festival with a reunion.

The appearance of the moon on this auspicious day plays a very important role in the festival. Only when the moon appears, do the Muslim men and boys set out of homes, attired in new clothes for the Eid prayer. The sight of this prayer is very impressive where rows of devout Muslims can be seen praying to the divine Allah. After the prayer; men return to their homes where Sevaiyaa, A most famous Muslim delicacy awaits for one and all. Then starts the children’s favorite part of giving and receiving Eidi. Every Muslim is bound to donate his 2-3 of earning during these festivities.

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India is a country which reflects its rich culture and heritage in the festivals that it celebrates. Muslim festivals in India are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and liveliness where Hindus and Muslims participate equally to paint this lovely picture of communal harmony. Ramzan is celebrated in the 9th month of the Muslim calendar.

Ramzan – Id-ul-fitr Celebration In India:

Muslims keep a fast for 1 month eating only after the sun sets. All the Muslim festivals are connected with an event of their prophet, Muhammad. The battle of Badr and the conquest of the holy city-Makkah were the 2 great events that lead to this month-long fasting. Muslims believe in self-discipline and tolerance and to practice those virtues, they fast for a month and purify their souls to get closer to their god-Prophet Muhammad.

This month-long fasting ends in the 3-day celebration of Id-ul-fitr. 12% of India’s population are Muslims and they are the largest minority of India. Islamic culture and its rich culture are a part of India’s culture and heritage. Muslims populate all over India so Id is celebrated all over India but majorly in North India. On the 29th or 30th day of Ramzan, according to the occurrence of the moon, the men gather in mosques or on streets for Namaaz or prayer.

After the prayer men embrace each other and return home to enjoy the Sevai-a sweet prepared from vermicelli, milk and dry fruits. The families visit each other and exchange Eidi or gifts. The women and children clad in new bright clothes and a lot of merriment follows.

Fairs are organized all over India to celebrate Id. Mosques are lighted up and the streets are decorated with strings of colourful streamers and tinsels. Every nook and corner is spruced up to welcome this pious day.

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