Early morning Eid Al-Fitr prayers
As most readers here know, Eid Al-Fitr is a holiday of thanksgiving to Allah after the month of spiritual renewal of Ramadan. It begins at the first sighting of the new moon, which announces the end of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of the 10th month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Shawwal.
During the 3 days of Eid Al-Fitr, the smaller of the 2 Eids-- with Eid Al-Adha also being called Eid Al-Kebir which occurs on 10 Dhu Al-Hijjah (the 12th month)--festivities are marked by feasting, visiting family and friends, and prayer. This calls for new clothes, special foods, and special entertainments.
Shopping for Eid Al-Fitr in Pakistan
Saudi Ka'ek wa Ma'amool (sweets stuffed with dates, L; sweets stuffed with dates or nuts, R)
Candy for Eid Al-Fitr, Gaza
Outside a mosque in Shanghai, China
German soldiers distributing Eid Al-Fitr greetings in Afghanistan
China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region(over two million Muslims) Eid Al-Fitr Celebration
Pakistani women celebrating with henna
Eid Al-Fitr celebration in Dubai
Yet prayer unites all throughout the Muslim world.
Bahraini boys attend Eid Al-Fitr dawn prayers in Riffa
Afghani Muslims attend Eid Al-Fitr dawn prayers
Iraqi Muslims at Eid Al-Fitr dawn prayers
Indonesian girls at Eid Al-Fitr dawn prayers
Dawn prayers for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank
Eid Al-Fitr in Pakistan
China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Mosque
Eid prayers at Ningxia Hui Mosque
Prayer and fellowship throughout the Ummah, in gratitude to Allah, are what Eid Al-Fitr is about.
What are your Eid Al-Fitr traditions? What are your experiences in different countries? Favourite memories? Cross-cultural or interfaith adventures? Any other thoughts or comments?