Today, June 15, 2018, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims around the world begin the festivities of Eid’l-Fitr to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the month-long solemn period of dawn-to-dusk fasting.
Eid’l-Fitr, a “feast of breaking the fast” is a time for festivity, gratitude, charity, and prayers. It is celebrated by Muslims to show their gratitude to Allah for giving them the strength to observe the month-long fast.
Eid’l-Fitr celebrates the successful completion of Ramadan, falling on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and symbolically determined by the sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset.
In the Philippines, Eid’l-Fitr is declared a national holiday by Republic Act No. 9177 known to Filipinos as “Araw ng Lebaran” or “Araw ng Raya”.
Muslims start the day of Eid’l-Fitr festivities with gatherings at mosques to pray. They also perform the Zakat al-Fitr, a mandatory act of charity for the poor and needy.
A variety of sweet dishes are served as traditional staples of the celebration, which is also called “Sweet Eid”.
Eid’l-Fitr comes with holiday wishes with a traditional Muslim greeting of “Eid Mubarak”, which means “have a blessed holiday!”