On behalf of everyone at Diplomacy in Ireland – The European Diplomat, we wish all of our friends and colleagues celebrating Ramadan a festive Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr (sometimes Eid ul-Fitr) is the most auspicious festivals for Muslims. The festival is celebrated worldwide and usually with great enthusiasm.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holiest of months in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan. During Ramadan, the Muslim community observes fasting from dusk to dawn. Followers of Islam abstain from eating or drinking anything, which makes it one the sternest of religious fasts. Eid is celebrated after sighting of the first crescent of the new moon, a symbol ubiquitously associated with Islam and in particular, Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
As per one tale, Allah (God), delivered the first verses of the Holy Quran on the day of Eid. It is also believed that the Muslims started observing Ramadan fasts when Prophet Mohammad migrated from Mecca to Medina.
Eid is observed by making prayers to Allah for his blessings and enjoying traditional delicacies with friends and family when breaking fasts. People greet each other and exchanges presents to celebrates this auspicious day. One of the most used greetings is the blessing ‘Eid Mubarak‘ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak’.