Eid 2020 will be different from its past years. It will be a different experience for all the Muslims around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide after the month of Ramadan ends. Currently, Ramadan is still being observed, with fasting through daylight hours and prayers said throughout the day. The date of the religious observance changes annually as it is based around the lunar calendar.
Eid or Eid al-Fitr announces the end of Ramadan month, which is a month of fasting that starts on April 23 and lasts until May 23, 2020. Eid is marked on May 24, 2020.
It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast. Eid kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.
As this period is considered equivalent to fasting all year round, some Muslims observe six days of fasting during Shawwal (the day after Eid). It is believed that good deeds are rewarded 10 times in Islam and so to fast for the 30 days during Ramadan and a further six days during Shawwal fulfills the obligation of fasting for the entire year.
When is Chand Raat:
The Urdu term is the evening when the new moon is sighted. Muslims normally on this day celebrate with lights, decorations, and gifts, and believers often decorate their homes and get dressed up.
In Muslim countries, like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iran to name a few, Eid al-Fitr is a national holiday.
The festival is marked with several traditions, including:
• The first sighting of the new moon at the beginning of Shawwal.
• Muslims wearing their best clothes, decorating their homes, and spending time with their loved ones celebrating.
• Muslims often give money to the poor so they can also enjoy the day.
• Communal celebration services are help both outdoors and at mosques, however, this year many mosques may opt to video stream services.
Greetings for Eid al-Fitr:
Muslims usually wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak’ after saying the Eid prayer, and may also hug each other three times.
Eid is a word for a festival or celebration, while Mubarak means blessed.
This means Eid Mubarak translates to Happy Eid, or have a blessed holiday.
Few greetings for Eid al Fitr:
- “Taqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum.”
The literal translation of this phrase is “May Allah accept from us, and from you.” It is a common greeting heard between Muslims on many celebratory occasions.
- “Eid Mubarak.”
This translates as “blessed Eid.” It is a phrase frequently used by Muslims greeting one another during the Eid holidays and has a somewhat formal tone of respect.
- “Eid Saeed.”
This phrase means “Happy Eid.” It is a more informal greeting, often exchanged between friends and close acquaintances.
- “Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair.”
The literal translation of this greeting is “May every year find you in good health,” or “I wish you well on this occasion every year.” This greeting is appropriate not only for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, but also for other holidays, and even formal occasions such as weddings and anniversaries.