May 24, 2024

Did you know we have off school on Wednesday for a holiday called Eid al-Fitr? Eid al-Fitr is an Islamic holiday celebrated since it marks the end of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast daily from dawn to sunset. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide also increase their worship, charity, and good deeds.

Did you know that Eid al-Fitr means the feast, festival, or the breaking of a fasting period?

Did you also know that when greeting someone with a blessed Eid, you can state, “Eid Mubarak” (blessed Eid) or “Eid sa’id” (happy Eid) 

How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr?

Muslims worldwide engage in various cultural activities as part of Eid al-Fitr preparations. They purchase new clothes and shoes, indulge in sweets and traditional food, and adorn their hands with beautiful mendhi/henna designs. 

During the holiday, families go to the mosque together for Eid prayers. They also visit each other’s houses and eat food with them. While at family members’ members, the family elders give the children money. In exchange, children touch their elder’s feet as a sign of respect.

In addition to this cultural exchange, in many countries like Egypt and Pakistan, Muslims decorate their homes with lanterns, twinkling lights, or flowers (USC). 

Also, in places like Jordan, with its Muslim majority population, the days before Eid al-Fitr can see a rush at local malls and special “Ramadan markets” as people prepare to exchange gifts on Eid al-Fitr (USC).