Eid al-Fitr is one of the two important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramazan. Eid is a day of joy and celebration, where Muslims wear their best cloths and exchange gifts and greetings. Due to the diversity in culture and tradition within the Muslim World, each country has its own unique way of celebrating the blessed day. Here are a few examples of how Eid is celebrated around the world.
In Saudi Arabia, the day is celebrated with great pomp. People normally decorate their house and prepare delicious meals for their visiting families and friends. Before the meal, children normally line up in front of every adult family member, who gives them money and gift bags.
In Turkey, Eid-ul-fitr is known as Şeker Bayramı and people greet each other by saying Bayramınız kutlu olsun (“May your bayram be blessed”). People go out in their best clothes, visit their loved ones and pay their respect to the deceased. Children go around their neighborhood and wish everyone a ” “Happy Bayram” and are awarded with sweets or a small amount of money.
In Tunisia, only two days are observed as national holiday. Special biscuits called Ka’ak are prepared for friends and relatives. During the day, there is lots of dancing and music and in the evening, everyone settles for a big family feast.
In South Africa, Muslims from all occupations gather at green point for the sighting of the moon. During the Eid, people pay visit to their neighbors and relatives and exchange gifts. Sweets and snacks are given to visitors as treats.
India and Pakistan
In the Subcontinent, the night before Eid is called Chand Rhaat and people usually go for shopping during the occasion. It is common practice for women to apply mehndi (henna) on their hands and feet for Eid. During the Islamic holiday, people pay a visit to their loved ones and kids are normally given a small amount of money called Eidi by adults. People also take the opportunity to pay charity to the poor and the needy in the form of money, food and clothing.
Eid in Indonesia is known as Lebaran. Shopping malls and bazaars are normally filled with people days before Eid. It is a tradition for workers to prevent to their hometown before Lebaran to celebrate the day with their family. The night before Eid is called takbiran, it is filled with the sound of people chanting Takbir in streets and mosques. On Eid day, people greet each other with “Selamat Idul Fitri” (Happy Eid) and give alms to the poor. It is a customary for people to wear traditional cloths on the day and kids are given money in colorful envelopes.
United States and Canada
Eid prayers in the US are performed in Islamic centers, convention halls or even large parks. During the 3 days celebration, Muslims join big parties hosted by the community mosque or a wealthy Muslim. Kids are given gifts and all the participants enjoy delicious food. It is a common practice to give alms to the less fortunate.