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Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: The last a few days of the ninth month of Islam’s lunar calendar, the Holy Month of Ramadan, is signaling towards a joyous festival- Eid-al-Fitr . Eid al-Fitr , which literally means “the festival of breaking of the fast”, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid-al-Fitr festival starts on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which is the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. It is a time to give in charity to those in need and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. The best part of this joyous festival is that the main purpose of this festival encourages Muslims to forgive and forget any differences, or hostilities, with others which may have occurred during the year and during this holy period each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor, which is known as “Sadaqah-al-Fitr” and ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration.
The starting of this holy and joyous festival starts with an Eid prayer. The people of Islam religion gather early in the morning in outdoor locations or at the mosque to perform prayers in new clothes. After the prayer, they wish each other a peaceful and prosperous Eid Mubarak before sharing, with family and friends, the food they have prepared. They scatter to visit their family and friends to wish them a happy and prosperous life and share food, gifts, and well wishes. The tempting delicious food is an important part of this festival. Without sheer Khurma which is a sweet dish made of sevaiyaan (a long form of pasta) cooked with dates in milk, sweets like Cham-cham, Gulab-Jamun, Barfi, rasmalai, and mouthwatering dishes like Biriyani, kababs, pulao, this festival is incomplete.
The prophet Muhammad instructed his disciples to “eat together, and do not separate, for the blessing is in the company.” So, they share happily these foods with family, friends and people who are in need. It is believed that these festivals were initiated in Medina after the migration of Muhammad from Mecca. It is said that when the Prophet arrived in Madinah, he found people celebrating two specific days in which they used to entertain themselves with recreation and merriment. He asked them about the nature of these festivities to which they replied that these days were occasions of fun and recreation. At this, the Prophet remarked that the Almighty has fixed two days instead of these for you which are better than these: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, which encourage them to show gratitude to Allah and helping people who are in need.
After a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset millions of people are getting ready to celebrate this festival from 6th of July to 8th of July.