Ramzan is a holy month
for Muslims. The last day which marks the end of Ramzan is Id-Ul-Fitr also
known as Id-Al-Fitr or Ramzan Id. Shawwal which is a new Islamic month starts
on this day.
During the entire month of Ramzan, Muslims fast
rigorously with great faith and discipline. They eat and drink only before the
sun has risen in the morning and after the sun has set in the evening. Dates
are usually the first food eaten to break the fast. Some groups of people such
as the sick, elderly, pregnant or mentally challenged can avoid
fasting. It is a special
time of the year for Muslims and they focus on fasting, prayer, community and
helping others through charity work.
Ramzan Id is a religious holiday and millions of
followers across the world celebrate this day with great jubilation. There is a
joyous three day celebration.
How Do People
Celebrate Ramzan Id?
Id celebrations begin with the sighting of the new
moon which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan. Many Muslims celebrate on this day by wearing their best
clothes and preparing delicacies at home. As per tradition, nobody fasts on
this day. Greetings are exchanged and children may be given gifts. They start
the day by visiting the mosque or attending an outdoor gathering for performing
the Id prayer. After the sermon and prayer, they meet their neighbors,
relatives and friends. They make phone calls to distant relations for wishing
them. When people get together with their close ones, they share sweets, snacks
and other dishes prepared specially for Id. They distribute food items such as
barley, dates, raisins, etc to the poor people or engage in charity work by
giving money to the poor. This is to ensure that even the needy can have a
holiday meal and take part in the celebrations.
Public Life on the Day
of Ramzan Id
In many Muslim countries, there is an official
government holiday for Ramzan Id on all the three days and schools are closed.
Government offices, some shops, post offices and other services remain closed
on this day. Frequency of public transport is often reduced. As people
socialize and go out a lot on this day, many areas experience traffic
Large prayer meetings are held and areas near mosques are often
congested. During the entire month of Ramzan, public life slows down in general
as people are observing fasts, however on the day of Ramzan
Id there is great joy and celebration everywhere.
Significance of Ramzan Id
Ramzan Id is one of
the two major festivals in the Islamic calendar. Ramzan is the month when
Quran was revealed and people could receive guidance and
strength from the teachings of the holy book. Fasting provides an opportunity
to cleanse and purify the mind and body. Fasting for an
entire month teaches people self control and they develop sympathy for the poor
and hungry. It helps them to be more compassionate towards the less fortunate.
They grow spiritually and undergo self transformation. People seek forgiveness
and blessings from the Lord. The entire month of Ramadan holds special
religious significance for Muslims and Ramzan Id is a very important day for
Why do Muslims fast during the month of Ramzan? How
is Ramzan Id celebrated? Why is Ramzan Id regarded as one of the important
festivals of Muslims? Discuss here.