Eid ul Fitr 2018: The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan or Ramadan all over the world. This is the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Ramzan is observed with intense fasting which is also known as Roza. During Roza, Muslims do not consume food and water throughout the day. The only time they break their fasts is at dusk with an Iftaar. The month-long Ramzan period ends with the sighting of crescent moon in the sky. Eid 2018 in India is expected to be observed on June 16 i.e. Saturday, however, in Kerala due to the sighting of the moon on June 14, Eid festivities are observed on June 15. Whereas Muslims in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh started observing fast from May 16 this year.
The day when Eid 2018 will be celebrated depends on the combination of sighting the crescent moon and astronomical calculations. It also depends on where are you in the world, and when do you get a glimpse of the new moon. The dates of the beginning of Ramzaan month and Eid-ul-Fitr depends on the phases of moon. This is based on the Muslim Calender, which began when Prophet Mohammad migrated from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD.
Eid is a day for special prayers and an extension of generosity and forgiveness. After sighting the crescent moon in the evening; people get up early the next morning and offer prayers, also known as Salat ul-Fajr. Then they take bath, have breakfast and head to the mosque ar Idgaah to perform special prayers known as Salat al-Eid or Eid prayers. Muslims also recite the takbir (declaration of faith) while on the way to the prayer ground. Eid ul Fitr brings people closer to each other as the festival celebrates togetherness. Families offer mouth-watering sweets and deserts to relatives and friends. Gifts are also given to youngsters in the form of Eidi.
It is believed that Prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Holy Quran during the month of Ramzan. It is celebrated over a three-day period and is also called Choti Eid, beginning on the day of Shawwal (tenth month of the Islamic date-book).