When was Eid-ul-Fitr in 2014?
Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of faith and austerity is celebrated on the commencing day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. This pious day comes after the month of Ramadan, when the Muslim community keeps fast or ‘Roza’ in the daytime and restrain themselves from any kind of luxury and forbidden practices in Islam. The Muslims believe that the month long fast helps to grow in themselves a sense of responsibility and refrain from delinquent affairs. They observe the day as the reward for their ascetic lifestyle during the month of Ramadan.
According to Gregorian Calendar, this year Eid-ul-Fitr falls on 28th July, Monday.
This fervorous religious festival is also of great social significance. The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr perks up the jovial spirit of any joyous festivity and is celebrated as a good time to unite people together with the bonding of solidarity.
It is believed that Islamic Prophet Muhammad initiated the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr after his migration from Mecca to Madinah. On arriving Madinah, the Prophet found that the people were engrossed in merriment. On being asked about the festivity they replied that they were enjoying the day as an observance of fun and frolic.The Prophet then preached that the Almighty has advised them to indulge in celebration on two days namely Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Fitr is the day to pay gratitude to the Almighty for being blessed with a blissful life.
Rituals and Celebrations
The believers of Muslim religion adorn themselves in beautiful attires on this pious day. Girls get their hands bejewelled in the vibrant hue of mehndi. They take part in a community prayer or ‘Namaz’ at the mosques. After the congregational prayer they exchange pleasantries among friends, relatives and dear ones. They also offer alms to the less privileged ones and share the joyous spirit of the festival with them.
The festival of Eid is celebrated with great fervour by the Muslim community all over the world. Delectable delicacies and beverages augment the jovial spirit of this auspicious festivity. The air is filled with the essence of mouthwatering sweets and traditional cuisines. ‘Meethi Seviyan’ (sweet vermicelli) is the most cherished dish among them.
The festivity gains momentum with the shopkeepers getting busy in the brisk business during this festival. People hop markets to procure fancy clothes and delicious food items.
Delightful Gift Ideas for Eid-ul-Fitr
The joyous festival of Eid is celebrated by exchanging warm wishes and exquisite presentations among loved ones. The day is observed by paying gratitude to the Supreme Lord. Manifest your endearment for your bosom friends and family with yummilicious cakes on this convivial day. Grand feasting is an integral part of this vivacious celebration. People love to gorge on traditional sweets on this day. Treat them on lip smacking Indian sweets on Eid and win their hearts.
Roses are held in high esteem in Islamic faith. You can share your happiness with your kith and kin by presenting them a bunch of radiant roses on the sacred occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Magnify their happiness with a delightful dining voucher which they can redeem to pamper their taste buds. Make the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr grand for them with these endearing tokens of adoration.
The month of Ramadhan and Eid-ul-Fitr come with the blessings of the Almighty. The pious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr gives the followers of Islam an opportunity to ponder over their will power to abstain from prohibited activities. Thus, a man gets to analyse and reform the traits of his character which no other authority can perform. Moreover, it is the festival which encourages the affluent ones to share food and clothes with their less fortunate brethren. All these attributes of this spiritual observance make it a celebration of humanity and self realization.