Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Eid Al-Fitr: Celebrations Across the World

By Chiara

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.

Eid Kareem!
عيد كريم!

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?


Chiara said...

Susanne said...
*Very* lovely pictures and touching post! Happy Eid to all my Muslim friends and their families!
September 20, 2009 11:03 PM

Chiara said...

Thank you, Susanne!
September 21, 2009 12:24 AM

Chiara said...

Add said...
Have a blessed Eid =)
September 21, 2009 5:06 AM

Chiara said...

caraboska said...
Eid Mubarak to everyone! I had thought to invite someone in to share an afternoon meal with me yesterday, but then I found out there was supposed to be an environmental demonstration in my city. So I figured I would just do that, and in the future make a custom of doing some concrete good on Eid - e.g. demonstrating for worthy causes, feeding the hungry, or some other good cause.

But in the event, I ran into a friend and ended up inviting her for that afternoon meal, then went to the place where the demonstration was supposed to be taking place, and didn't see any sign of it. So I just sat under a tree by the meadow, took it in and loved it, said some private prayers, and made a note that I need to pay more attention to getting out and enjoying God's Creation - going beyond just things like recycling...
September 21, 2009 10:31 AM

Chiara said...

Add--Shokran and to you and yours as well.

Caraboska--thank you for sharing your very special Eid celebration and intention for next year. What creativity and flexibility in the best senses of both those words!
September 21, 2009 3:45 PM

Chiara said...

Anonymous said...
Eid Mubarak!
September 22, 2009 12:25 PM

Chiara said...

Chiara said...
Anonymous--thank you for sharing this link for pictures of Eid Al-Fitr across India and throughout Asia, South and East. All are beautiful, and some are stunning.

Eid Mubarak
September 22, 2009 7:49 PM

Chiara said...

Anonymous said...

A bit late here, but Tagabal Allahu minna wa minnkoom!

Jizak'Allah Khair.
October 1, 2009 4:24 PM

Chiara said...

Anonymous--Salam and thank you for your greetings. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Eid with many blessings to come.
October 1, 2009 6:02 PM


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