Eid is a happy time. It brings delight to all the Muslims of the world. One day before, people decorate their houses, mosques and streets with decorations and lights. On these occasions children seem very happy.Thier faces sparkle with innocence and pleasure when they wear new clothes. Men and children went to mosques to offer eid prayers and then come home and enjoy themselves with Savviyan and many other delicious foods. People also visit their relatives’ house and celebrate these auspicious occasions .All the country is decorated like a bride and different stalls are placed. There is fun and amusement everywhere. Parks, gardens, restaurants, malls are crowded with the people till late at night. Some people enjoy family dinners, some enjoy cinema shows and some indulge in fireworks.
Muslims are blessed with two Eids:
First eid that Muslims celebrate is Eid-ul-Fitr. This eid is celebrated on the conclusion of 29 to 30 days of month of Ramadan when Muslims observe fast from sun rise till sun set. This event takes place on 1st of Shawaal which is 10th month of Islamic calendar. This event is celebrated with great enthusiasm. People decorate their houses and streets, enjoy feasts, and do family get together and also help poor people. It is prohibited to observe fast on eid day so Muslims have small breakfast after which they wear new clothes ad go for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. Following acts are Sunnah on this eid:
- To wake up early in the morning
- Brush teeth with miswaak
- Take bath
- Wear new clothes
- Go to mosque to offer eid prayer
- Go for prayer on foot
- Give Sadaqat-ul-fitr before performing eid prayer.
Second eid which Muslims celebrate is Eid-ul-Adha. It is also known as “feast of sacrifice” or “festival of sacrifice” or “greater eid”. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated on 10th day of Zill Hajj (last Islamic month).
It is celebrated to remember the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (A.S) as an act of obedience to ALLAH before Allah sent a sheep to be sacrificed instead of Hazrat Ismail (A.S).On this eid people sacrifice their animals and distribute the meat in their relatives and in needy people. Different functions are also arranged to enjoy this blessed occasion.