Eid Al Fitr 2019: Your Guide To Celebrating The Holidays
As Muslims around the world say goodbye to 2019 Ramadan, they also prepare to celebrate Eid al Fitr. These celebrations mark the end of the Muslim holy month. Following the sighting of the moon, Eid celebrations in Nigeria begin on Tuesday and continue on Wednesday. This Eid holiday is a time of merriment when Muslims can applaud one another for their fast during Ramadan. It is a time to be thankful to God through prayer and forgive old wrongs.
A Brief History Of Eid Al Fitr
Legend has it that Eid celebrations began when prophet Muhammad arrived in the city of Madina and learned of two days people used to celebrate with grand carnivals. He told them, “Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better. The second Eid is Eid-al-Adha.” Since that time, muslims all over the world have celebrated Eid.
How Muslims Celebrate Eid
Across the world, muslims begin Eid celebrations with communal prayers at dawn, followed by a short sermon. While in some countries the prayers take place in mosques or large halls, in many countries it is also held in the open.
People congratulate one another as they head home after the Eid prayers. They spend the day visiting relatives and neighbours and accepting sweets as they move around from house to house. Children, clad in new clothes, are offered gifts and money to celebrate the joyous occasion. This is preceded by the giving of alms to the poor, also called zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
How We Think You Should Celebrate Eid
Let's face it, whether you're Muslim or Christian, every holiday is welcome in Nigeria. Nobody wants to pass up a time of national rest and celebration that includes jollof rice. Not if we can help it. In fact, many Christians are as excited as their Muslim friends for the end of Ramadan. In view of this, we have come up with a few things to do to celebrate Eid and maybe make it more meaningful.
- Share. It's a season of giving, so give you will. Share with those who don't have as much. Whether it's jollof rice or some old clothes. Make the holiday count by giving of yourself to somebody.
- Reflect. If you're Muslim, you've just spent the last one month being an amazing person, exercising restraint and discipline, praying and being close to Allah, forgiving all wrongs done against you. It would be nice to reflect on the past month and make the changes a part of your daily life. And no, you don't have to be muslim to reflect and forgive and be kind to everyone you encounter.
- Turn off the television, let all phones be silent, and have a sit-down intimate dinner with your family (remember them?). Take care to be in the moment and express how much your family members mean to you. It's also great to let old hurts go and strengthen the bond of family.
However you decide to celebrate Eid, be sure to make the holidays count. How are you celebrating? Leave us a comment to let us know.
Resource: Pulse NG