In Arabic language Eid means celebration and happiness. It is purely a religious festival for Muslims. Eid -ul-fitr is the change of the month depends on the appearance of the moon according to Islamic calendar.So moon sighting is the beginning of the eid day celebration. There is a great excitement for eid- ul- fitr amongst people to know whether there will be 30 days of Ramadan or 29.
People always have special plans for the “Chand raat”. After opening the fast on twenty eight day of Ramadan people go to open places to fix their gaze on the western horizon to locate the crescent. After seeing the moon they embrace one another and exchange Eid Mubarak. If the moon is not visible in any area, people remain restless and sit before T.V. and wait for the official announcement. Anyhow, after announcement, no matter if it is at midnight people come out of their houses they visit their dear ones.
People rush to bazaars and behave reckless in shopping due to the intoxicating joy of up-coming Eid. Ladies cross the limit of extravagance and men behave lords by affording. On the date of eid people get up early wash properly, wear their special dress for eid and move towards the mosques to attend eid prayer.
After prayer people embrace one another and say eid Mubarak. Then they return home and eat something sweet that is one of the celebrations of eid.
Eid is a great day for children also; they receive their eiddi (money) from elders and visitors.
It is the day of merrymaking and celebrations for every Muslim but while doing so, we often forget the basic spirit of this day. This day is a gift of Allah for Muslims who sacrifice their hunger and thirst for poor ones.