What is Eid?


Across the globe, Eid is celebrated in three different forms. While the first one i.e. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the second one i.e. Eid al-Adha coincides with the rituals of the Haji, prominently the 10th of Zillhajji, the 12th and last month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. The Muslim community celebrates both the occasions with lavish feasts and purchase of new clothes. Additionally, Muslims also celebrate yet another minor Eid called Eid Milad an-Nabi, which is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Eid al-Fitr is a single day celebration wherein Muslims aren’t permitted to fast but offer Salatul Fajr(the pre-sunrise prayer) and put on new clothes and perfume. Then, there is Eid al-Adha, which is also called the Festival of the Sacrifice and honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. On this day, the affluent Muslims sacrifice their best domestic animal (cow, sheep, goat, camel etc.) Finally, the third Eid named as Eid Milad an-Nabi is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar. On this day, mosques across the world are decorated using lights and thousands of muslims offer prayers inside these mosques. Most of the Muslim countries declare the day as a public holiday.

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Eid-ul-Fitr is widely known with several names like

  • Sugar Feast
  • The Sweet Festival
  • Bajram or Bayram
  • Lesser Eid
  • Feast of Breaking the Fast


Eid-ul-Fitr also spelled as Eid al-Fitar, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Fitr , is the most important festival of the followers of Islam. Known to be originated by Prophet Muhammed, Eid is a day of no fasting. It comes at the end of the month of Ramadan with morning till evening fasting being a daily ritual. The first Eid of the year, Eid-ul-Fitr falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal or Shawwl.

History of Eid-ul-Fitr :-

  • The celebration of Eid was started by Prophet Muhammed.

  • Some traditions believe that it was on the Prophet’s arrival at Madinah that he observed its people indulging in recreational activities. It was then that he suggested the two days of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha as the two better days of enjoying oneself.

  • Since then, Muslims worldwide observe this day as the one to remember God and offer prayers in his praise.


History of Eid-ul-Fitr

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Prayers of Eid-ul-Fitr :-

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"


Means- "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.
  • The special prayer of Eid is known as Salaat.

  • The offering of prayer or Salaat on Eid-ul-Fitr consist two units called Rakats.

  • This prayer is offered in an open field or a huge hall where many people can be accommodated.

  • The prayer is followed by the raising of hands to the ears with repeated chants of “Allahu Akbar” or “God if greatest” for six times which is known as Takbirs.


Prayers of Eid-ul-Fitr
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General Rituals:-

  • Muslims exchange greetings with the general wish of “Eid Mubarak” to express their joy.

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  • Followers of Islam wake up before sunrise on the day of Eid and take bath, later to be dressed in their finest clothes.

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  • A sweet breakfast preferably consisting dates is consumed to ensure there is no fasting on the day of the festival.

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  • Muslims attempt to reach the place of offering of Eid salaat by going there on foot and following different routes to and from the place of prayer.

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  • As a compulsory act of charity, Muslims are advised and do distribute food or money amongst the poor. This act of charity is an important custom and is called Zakat.

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  • Men and women, to express their devotion to the God and the Prophet, wear clothes with the colors of green and white dominating their attire.

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  • Women wear a lot of bangles and apply Mehndi (Henna) to their palms.

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  • Eidi or gifts are generally given to relatives and children.

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  • Visiting family and friends is a common activity and way of spending this holiday.


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Eid-ul-Adha

    Eid-ul-Adha or Eid al-Adha is one of the widely celebrated festivals of the followers of Islam in India and all over the world. It is also called Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id by the people of India. That's because the festival involves the sacrifice of a goat which is termed as bakr (in Urdu). Eid al-Adha is celebrated during the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha in 2016 is on Sunday, the 11th of September.

    Eid ul-Adha Calendar
    Weekday Date Year
    Wed Nov 17 2010
    Mon Nov 7 2011
    Sat Oct 27 2012
    Wed Oct 16 2013
    Mon Oct 6 2014
    Fri Sep 25 2015
    Mon Sep 12 2016

    Eid Quotes

    God does not love corruption. (Surat al-Baqara, 205)
    There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.
    (Holy Quran: 2/256)
    And whomsoever Allah guides, there is none that can mislead him.[39:37]
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    Eid-ul-adha Messages/SMS

    Lo Eid ka chaand aaya
    Dher saari khushiyan laaya
    Har taraf hain raunkon ke mele
    Har chehra bhi hai muskuraaya
    Eid Mubarak!
    Aasmaan me chaand chadh aaya hai
    Sitaron ne bhi aanchal lehraaya hai
    Aa gaa len hum khushi ke geet
    Dost mere Mubarak ho tumhein ye Eid
    Eid Mubarak!
    Lo aa gayi chaand- raat
    saath hai taaron ki baraat
    Jagmagaya hai har ghar aangan
    Sang laayi khushiyon ki saugaat
    Eid Mubarak!
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    Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi

      Mawlid (Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi) celebration is observed marking the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Celebration of Mawlid takes place in Rabi' al-awwal, i.e. on the third month in the Islamic calendar. In some parts of the globe, like in Egypt the term Mawlid is used in a generic manner to mark birthday celebrations of historical religious figures like Sufi saints. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nab in 2016 is on December 12.


      Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Calendar
      Weekday Date Year
      Sat Feb 27 2010
      Wed Feb 16 2011
      Sun Feb 5 2012
      Fri Jan 25 2013
      Tue Jan 14 2014
      Sun Jan 4 2015
      Tue Dec 13 2016
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      Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Messages

      Hope that Allah bestows
      his choicest blessings on us,
      and our association grows stronger every year.
      Wishing you joy and prosperity on Eid.
      May the noor of this month illuminate ur heart-Eid Mubarak.
      It's a Special Time When Family And Friends GetTogether,
      Wishing Laughter And Fun TO Cheer Your Days,
      In This Festive Season Of EID And Always ! !
      EID MUBARAK
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