Celebration of Eid
is a celebrated time for Muslims around the world. There are two Eid events a
year which Muslims celebrate. The first Eid is called “Eid al Fitr” which
translates to ‘celebration of breaking the fast’ and it happens after the month
of Ramadan. The second Eid is called ‘Eid al Adha” and it translates to ‘feast
of sacrifice’ and it happens after the annual pilgrimage to Mecca millions of
Muslims make. The two Eids recognize, celebrate, and recall two important
events that are significant to the story of the Muslim religion. Both
are considered a joyous, family holiday. Every Muslim family celebrates
differently, and it is often with tasty food, games, and music.
The timing of Eid is based on sighting of the moon
according to the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims can find it to be difficult to
pinpoint when Eid will happen exactly. While some Muslims wait to see the moon
themselves, many base it on the predictions made in Saudi Arabia which they
hear on the news, and online. The Islamic calendar year is shorter than the regular calendar year by
ten days. Therefore, Eid changes
through the calendar and can be celebrated during different times of the year.
In 2017 Eid fell on June twenty-fifth; in 2018 Eid will fall on June fifteenth.
Every year it goes back ten days. Some
Muslims celebrate Eid for up to three days. In countries with large Muslim
population, it is a national holiday.
The celebration of Eid sometimes includes carnivals at
mosques for the children. The carnivals include rides, games, and
entertainment. The mosques also brings animals for the children to play with
such as horses and bunnies. The mosque supplies everyone with a variety of food
and treats. The variety of food includes ‘falafel’, ‘hummus’, and ‘shawrma’.
The treats include ‘baklava’ and candy. All these foods and treats are middle
eastern tradition. Six flags day for Muslims is also an Eid tradition for many.
Usually it falls on a weekend so everyone is prepared. Muslims from all over
the cities get together with their families and spend a day at six flags
enjoying the rides and festivities.
The Eid traditions vary from country
to country, in western countries people have to improvise and create activities
for Eid. In the middle east, such as in Jordan, Eid is an event that is known
throughout the whole country. Everyone is off of work and school. Family
members visit each other’s households and spend time with each other while drinking
traditional Arabic coffee and enjoying sweets. In Jordan, Eid is more family
oriented whereas in western cultures Eid is celebrated by strangers who come
together as friends as well as family. The evening in the middle east is
concluded by a giant feast that everyone in the family helped cook.
Giving and receiving gifts from family is also a big
traditional part of Eid. Similar to Christmas, children receive gifts that they
asked for throughout the year. Parents decorate the houses with lights, banners,
and moons and stars. Some children prefer money over gifts which is also a normal
tradition. Children love Eid because all family members give them gifts or
money. Adults also exchange meaningful gifts with each other. Muslims also give
gifts and donations to the less fortunate. These donations are important
because the Islamic faith stresses its followers to give to charity every Eid. One
of the five “Pillars of Islam” is charity so it is taken seriously amongst
Muslims. During Eid al Adha many people chose to sacrifice a lamb or goat and
feed the less fortunate. In Western countries this practice still occurs, but it
is most common to donate money.
The day of Eid is a process in itself. The
day begins early in the morning where children and adults head to the mosque
for Eid prayer. Eid prayer is crucial part of the day because Muslims believe
this prayer absolves the past sins and purifies the soul. It is a way for
everyone to come together and worship God in unity. After prayer, families have
lunch together either at a restaurant or at home. The day is spent with family
coming and going. At night dinner is a huge gathering. Afterwards games are
played with the children or everyone heads out to movies, golf, bowling or
Throughout the day the words “Eid Mubarak”
are said to family and strangers. It translates to “blessed celebration.” It
serves as a greeting and wishing of blessing upon another person. Eid is the most
exciting day of the year for Muslims of all ages. The two Eids mark the end of
the Holy month of Ramadan and signifies the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. There
are many different types of ways to celebrate Eid. As long as families are
together, they are happy no matter what they do. Different cultures and
countries all celebrate in their own unique way. The significance of the Eid
holiday dates back millions of years ago. Today, these traditions are passed
along from generation to generation and everyone puts their own twist on it. The
importance of Eid is that it is an event that signifies happiness, love and