Eid Muburak – 13.05.2021

Today is Eid al-Fitr.  This day marks the end of Ramadan and the end of the period of fasting for many Muslims.

Some interesting facts about Eid al-Fitr:

  • Moon-sighting committees around the world declare the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. Generally, it begins when the new moon is sighted over Mecca.
  • Traditionally, it is observed during the first three days of the month of Shawwal. On the morning of Eid, Muslims do a ritual called ghusl, wherein they cleanse their body and fit the best dress before morning prayers.
  • They greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”, which means “have a blessed Eid”.
  • Muslims gather in mosques and outdoor locations for communal prayers before visiting the graves of their loved ones.
  • In contrast to the calm and strict observance of fasting during Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with joy and festivities. Muslims believe that after Ramadan their sins are forgiven. Muslim families give donations to the poor, known as Zakat al-Fitr, or charity of fast-breaking.
  • Traditionally, food like barley, rice, dates and others are given instead of money.
  • In Muslim majority countries, the three-day Eid celebration is an official government and school holiday. Some families even decorate their houses with lights, candles and coloured banners.
  • Since it is a time of abundance after Ramadan, and children are given gifts called Eidi, which can be in the form of money, accessories, food and flowers.

To celebrate today Foodies engaged in a live cook-a-long in which we made Chicken Biryani and Chutneys. Results below!!