Let The Light Shine Bright: Eid al-Fitr

<p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 550px; height: 461px;" /></p> <p> Ramadan is the holy month of fasting that is undertaken by Muslims all over the world. The end of this month is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr (also simply Eid) which translates to &quot;feast of the breaking of the fast). This auspicious day is the only day in the month of the fast when Muslims are not allowed to fast. Ramadan usually last 29 or 30 days, when Muslims fast from daybreak to sunset. On this important day, a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) is said in large open areas or big halls. The Salat consists of two Rakats (units). This is only to be performed in groups (Jama&#39;at) and consists of six extra Takbirs (the raising of the hand to the ears while saying &quot;Allhu Akbar&quot;, which translates to &quot;God is great&quot;).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 550px; height: 461px;" /></p> <p> <br /> Eid is celebrated all over the Indian subcontinent and usually in the same manner with only slight variations that come with certain regions. The eve of Eid is aptly called Chaand Raat, which translates to &quot;Night of the Moon&quot;. People often celebrate this night by going Eid shopping with their families to malls and shopping centres. The ladies of households, often the young ones, use Mehndi or henna to decorate their hands and feet and also wear colourful bangles.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 550px; height: 461px;" /><br /> On the day of Eid, the traditional way of greeting is by saying &quot;Eid Mubarak&quot; and then following it up with a formal embrace. There is also a lot of exchanging of gifts, usually clothes, while the children are given money(Eidi) by their seniors.<br /> On the day of Eid, after the prayers have been said, families visit graves of loved ones and offer prayers for them. There are a lot of get-togethers as well since this is a day of celebration and merry making with near and loved ones. Feasting is also very important and a lot of thought is put into making special dishes just for this day. Some of the special food items made especially for Eid are Lachcha (fine, toasted sweet vermicelli noodles with milk and dried fruit).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 550px; height: 461px;" /><br /> Fitra is the local term for the charity that is distributed before the Eid prayers. Zakat, the obligatory alms tax of 2.5% of the annual savings, is also distributed before the prayers to the those in need. Zakat is usually given in terms of food and new clothing.</p> <p> As a country of 1.3 Billion plus, there are approximately 190 million Muslims in India. There are a fair number of famous and architecturally stunning Masjids on the subcontinent like the Jama Masjid (seating capacity of 25,000) in New Delhi, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Aishbagh Idgah in Lucknow, Red Road and Nakhoda Masjid in Kolkata, Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal, Jama Mosque in Mumbai, Hazrat Bal Mosque in Kashmir. All these places attract huge crowds on this holy day.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 550px; height: 461px;" /></p> <p> It is truly a sight to behold as thousands of people from all walks of life gather to offer prayers to God. The booming thunder that comes when they all send their words up to heaven sends beautiful vibes through my body as the mere image of it all gives me goosebumps and a sense of pure bliss. With all the hate that is propagated every day by thousands of people around the world, we often lose hope and see a bleak future, but when you get to observe a communion such as this, our belief in humanity is restored and we know that we will always have hope for a better future. Here&#39;s to a better year. Eid Mubarak.</p>

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