Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Eid Mubarak! One billion Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan during the celebration called Eid al-Fitr

Eid Mubarak!
Originally uploaded by Pramoedita
Muslims have been fasting during the daylight hours during the religious month of Ramadan. In fact, many of your classmates have been quietly not eating during the school day and not eating a snack once they got home - for it has been the holy and joyous month of Ramadan.

The Qu-ran (Koran) asks for fasting so that Muslims will be able to sympathize with the impoverished people of the world. They may eat each day before dawn and past sunset.

At the end of Ramadan the Islamic world celebrates with a festival something like the Christians' Christmas. Eid includes visiting, new clothes and presents.

Here's wikiepdia on Eid:

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast" (and can also mean "nature", from the word "fitrah"); and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.

Eid ul-Fitr is a three day celebration that marks the end of the fasting of Ramadan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community. Fasting is believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm.

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