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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 Ramadan the Fasting Month of Muslims:

Ramadan or Ramzan is a religious festival celebrated every year by the Muslims. Ramadan is celebrated in the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. This 9th month is declared auspicious as it is believed that during this month the holy book, Quran originated. Muslims all over the world fast during this month of Ramadan. Only the very old, pregnant women, very sick and very small children are exempted from the necessity of this fast. Muslims firmly believe in tolerance and self-discipline. These are the virtues that reflect in the followers of this festival.

Ramadan :

During this month long fasting, every Muslim is expected to spend the maximum time chanting the Quran or visiting the mosques besides the 5 times of daily prayer.

The basic reason of this month long fasting is the purification of the soul. Fasting enhances the virtues of tolerance and self-discipline in a person. When a soul is purified then Allah is appeased and the beholder of the purified soul is blessed by him. The fasters are expected to follow a list of things that are prohibited during this month-long fast which included no smoking, no drinking, honesty, kindness, charity, forgiveness are all practiced by all Muslims. Eating meat and keeping sexual relationships are also a taboo.

The rules that are expected to be followed by the fasters, purifies their soul, be-generates them to become a better person and a better worker. The 29-30 days of fasting ends the excitement of Id preparations. This is time for joyous celebration which brings families together to enjoy each every moment of this wondrous festival.

Ramadan ends with Eid celebrations. Markets get overcrowded and the shopkeepers serve the excited customers with a smile. All the things that make a festival complete are obtained by each and every Muslim. New clothes, good food, thoughtful gifts, the decorative streets with tinsel are all part of festivity. Non-Muslims also take part in their festival with their Muslim neighbours and friends.

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