Arab American Muslims Welcome Eid al-Fitr
Thursday evening marks the last day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month wherein able-bodied Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and abstain from bad behavior, such as gossiping or becoming aggravated with others. This Friday, June 15th, marks the celebration known as Eid al-Fitr which is observed all around the world with elaborate feasts, festivals, and celebrations. The Eid al-Fitr celebration lasts for three days and is treated as an official holiday in Muslim majority countries to allow citizens to travel and visit family.
Eid al-Fitr, translating to “celebration of breaking fast,” begins with a special morning prayer that has attendees spilling out into the streets outside of mosques around the world. Following the prayers, Muslim families and friends gather together for fantastic feasts packed with delicious main dishes and traditional desserts.
The end of Ramadan marks the end of a month of fasting, goodwill, and charity. The typical Ramadan greeting is “Ramadan Kareem” (generous Ramadan, in Arabic). Muslims have spent the month experiencing the life of the less fortunate and making efforts to shape the world around them into a more peaceful, generous one.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the fruition of these efforts and connects Muslims around the world in one of the largest celebrations of goodwill and generosity in the world.
Compiled by Arab America