Amongst the many Muslim festivals in the country, it is Id-Ramzan which is said to be the most popular festival and holds great religious significance to Muslims across the globe. Id-Ramzan is also known as Eid ul-Fitr and sometimes plainly referred to as Eid. It is said to be most holy month in the Islamic calendar. The main reason for it being pronounced as the most scared month is because it is been said in the holy book, Quran that it was during these thirty day when Prophet Muhammad was blessed with spiritual knowledge of Islam. Although fasting is a common practice in this month, there a number of other practices that has to be strictly adhered to during this month such as regular prayers, patience, charity and giving up materialist desires. During this month, a person is said to spend his time enlivening with the spiritual practices of the Quran, in order to free one from the worldly yearning and create a stronger platform between man and god. Read the article below known the common information about this festival.
Legend has it that in the year 610 AD when Prophet Muhammad was meditating on Mount Hira that Angel Gabriel appeared in front of him and referred him as Muhammad and pronounced him as the 'Messenger of God'. The Angel enlightened him on the preaching's of Quran and declared that he will be spiritual guiding light for men and women by spreading the message of Allah. It has been believed that this incident took place in month of Ramadan which gave rise to the formation of a new religion. Muhammad was at first very disturbed and misunderstood it as an evil forces. It took many people to convince him before he accepted and followed the spiritual path. Many of his followers have said that Muhammad used to be visited frequently by the seraph Gariel during the remaining years of his life to teach him the recitals of the Quran. He would often refer to the preaching's as a set of conventional rules that the Lord almighty would want his people on earth to adhere too and lead their lives based on these code of conducts. It was his strong belief that it was the only way that will lead a Muslim to path of righteousness. In the years to come Muhammad declared the month of Ramadan as the most holy days in the calendar and requested his disciples to pay homage to Allah for the divine knowledge given to them. He asked his devotees to observe a pious way of life by abstaining from taking food, devoting there time towards prayers and refraining from indulging in any kind of austerities. Thus, this how the festival came into existence and even today, holds great importance to the Muslim people.
Celebrations and Rituals
The festival of Eid -ul Fitr is mainly a three-day festival which takes place towards the end of the month, but before this one has to observe a set of rules laid down in the sacred text. The month long ritual involves waking up in the morning before the crack of dawn and beginning the day with morning prayers and sehri (meal before sun rise). During the day, Muslims abstain themselves from eating any food and water and break their fast only after sunset. During these days Muslims are asked to lead an honorable life, to forgive and forget their rivals made during the year. The main aim of fasting is to remind oneself of the sufferings. Fasting also gives an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. It also helps them feel the peace that comes along with spiritual devotion. The month-long fast ends on the day of Eid. On the day of Eid Muslims begin there day by opening there fast and attending prayer sermons. After attaining there discourses, they hold large communal gatherings inviting friends and family to be a part of their banquet. In some countries, men and women share gifts among their relatives and friends on this day.
Unlike Id-Milad, Eid ul-Fitr is an important festival and is celebrated across many parts of the globe. On this day many non-Muslim countries even declare Eid ul-Fitr as a gazetted holiday. This day is celebrated differently in each part of the globe with a few variations. Apart from the Muslim countries, Australia, Nigeria, Fiji, South Africa, China, India, United Kingdom, America, Canada, South Asia, Doha etc are some of the places where Ramadan is celebrated. Ramadan is celebrated according to the Islamic calendar that falls on the ninth month of the Islamic year. It doesn't matter which religion you practice but you have to be a part of Ramadan celebrations to experience Islamic culture. The festivities give you an opportunity to savor in the local delights and in the true meaning of Ramadan. Each year this fiesta takes place with great zest and euphoria among different parts of the globe.
Eid celebrations in India and customs of Id-ul-Fitr are quite popular in all parts of India as people exchange greetings and sweets.
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