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Eid-ul-Fitr: What it is and its significance

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What is Eid-ul-Fitr and what is its significance to our Muslim brothers and sisters?

We cannot talk about Eid-ul-Fitr without discussing the Ramadan, which for Muslims is considered one of the holiest months of the year.

Thousands of the Indonesian muslims congregrated during Eid ul Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. | "Istiqlal Mosque Eid ul Fitr Jamaah 2" by Gunawan Kartapranata is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Thousands of the Indonesian muslims congregrated during Eid ul Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. | “Istiqlal Mosque Eid ul Fitr Jamaah 2” by Gunawan Kartapranata is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

According to the Islamic Networks Group website, Ramadan is sually celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and commemorates the revelation of the Qur’an. It is marked by fasting from food and drink during the sunlit hours “as a means of learning self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate”.

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This year, the month long fast of Ramadan begins last 24 April. Eid-ul-Fitr is a three-day celebration to mark the end of the Ramadan month.

What Does Eid-ul-Fitr Mean?

The website of Muslim Aid said Eid-ul-Fitr means “the festival of breaking the fast”.

The festival is very significant for Muslims as it allows them to bond with families, loved ones, and communities time “following a month of abstinence and dedication to Allah”, the website added.

Traditonally, Muslims greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”, which means “blessed/happy festival.”

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

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