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At the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims worldwide gear up to welcome Eid al-Fitr, a joyous and triumphant day where devout Muslims claim the ultimate prize; their return to a state of purity. On this day, prayers are offered, kinships are strengthened, and alms for the poor are given.
With Ramadan 2024 approaching, it is important to understand the significance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the fulfillment of one of the five pillars of Islam. The day is celebrated with mouth-watering feasts shared with loved ones and those in need of sustenance. It is believed that no soul shall go unfed on the day of Eid.
Eid al-Fitr 2024 possible dates
Eid al-Fitr in 2024 is expected to fall on Monday, April 8th or Tuesday, April 9th, subject to the sighting of the moon. In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr is observed on the 1st and 2nd day of Shawwal. Please note that dates may vary and are subject to change based on the sighting of the moon.
Eid al-Fitr 2024 celebrations
The celebration of Eid al-Fitr is observed in a similar manner across the world. As soon as the crescent moon is sighted, Muslims offer praises to the Almighty, which can be heard echoing throughout mosques, homes, markets, and other public places. The celebration starts early in the morning, with Muslims making their way to the nearest mosque while loudly praising God. However, each country has its own unique ways and traditions of celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
Preparations for Eid typically start a week before the celebration. People wear new clothes, with women often donning kaftans and men wearing white Jellabas as a symbol of purity. Visiting the homes of relatives and friends is an important tradition, and sweets and gifts are exchanged as a symbol of gratitude.
The remainder of the day is spent visiting friends and family, participating in traditions such as giving gifts and small sums of money to children and sharing in a lavish feast. Muslims come together physically and spiritually, congratulating each other and seeking forgiveness.
In essence, Eid al-Fitr is a day of forgiveness and unity, where love, peace, and charity prevail.