Eid is an occasion of joy and happiness. In Arabic, Eid means a ” festival or feast.” Muslims all over the world celebrate two different eids throughout the year -Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Both eids are celebrated amidst religious fervor and festivity. Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast. The Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the start of Shawal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, after month-long fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. On the very day of Eid-ul-Fitr, people first give ‘Zakat-ul-fitra’ to the poor and needy ones. Then the men take a bath and go to the mosque wearing new dresses and offer eid prayer. The women also wear new dresses and offer their prayers at home. The women make delicious dishes like biryani, korma, kebab, “semai,” “firni”.People great and embrace each other saying “Eid Mubarak”. People visit relatives and friends and exchange gifts with one another.
The other eid ‘ Eid-Ul-Adha is a festival of sacrifice. The Muslims celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha on the day following the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and it is on the 10th day of the 12th month of Dhu at Hijjah. This eid also knows as ‘ Bakri eid or Greater Eid”. The Eid-Ul-Adha reminds us of the ordeal of Hazrat Ibrahim. He was asked to sacrifice whatever was dearer to him. Then he decided to sacrifice his son’s life, but when he was about to apply the sword to his son’s throat, it was revealed to him that it was to test his faith, and then he was ordered to sacrifice a ram instead in the name of Allah. The Muslim communities celebrate both eids with great enthusiasm. Both kids give us the message of unity and brotherhood and love to all and hatred to name. Eid teaches us to celebrate humans irrespective of class, strata, group, and color. On eid day, millions of Muslims seek divine blessing for peace and progress of the world and the Muslim Ummah.