Eid ul Fitr 2023 is just around the corner, and it will be celebrated by the Muslim community all over the world. This festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast, offer prayers, and practice self-discipline. It is a time to pay respects to Allah for giving one the strength and endurance to observe the month-long fast.
Islamic holidays follow the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, the date of Eid ul Fitr changes every year. This year, Eid ul-Fitr is likely to be celebrated on Friday, April 21, or Saturday, April 22, depending on the sighting of the moon.
It is believed that Prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Holy Quran in the month of Ramadan. Muslims consider this month to be the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. For a whole month, Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dusk, offer prayers, and practice self-discipline. They also engage in charitable acts like feeding the poor and giving them alms.
Eid ul-Fitr falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which is the only day in that month when Muslims do not need to fast. It is a joyous occasion wherein families and friends get together to celebrate the day. Upon the sighting of the moon, they wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak’ and exchange hugs and gifts. People wear new clothes and step out.
Muslims wake up early in the morning on the day of Eid ul-Fitr, chant their salat ul-fajr (daily prayers), take a bath, and wear attar (perfume). It is a custom to eat a hearty breakfast before people head to perform the special congregational prayers. Many Muslims also recite the takbir, which is the declaration of faith, on their way to the prayer ground and takes part in zakat al-fitr (charitable contributions).
Eid ul Fitr 2023 is a special day for the Muslim community, celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. It is a time to be grateful for the blessings of Allah and to share happiness with loved ones.