All What You Need To Know About Eid el Fitr 2017
Ramadan is coming to an end this week. Nigerian Muslims will join others around the world to celebrate Eid- el-Fitr.
The celebrations involve a range of traditions. This includes gatherings of family and friends to eat and offer prayers to God.
What is Eid el Fitr?
Literally translated from Arabic as the 'festival of breaking the fast', it marks the end of Ramadan.
Eid is one the most important days in the Muslim calendar, a day when people thank Allah for the willpower and strength given to them during Ramadan.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, marking the holy month when Allah gave the Quran to Prophent Muhammed.
When is Eid el Fitr 2017?
On the Gregorian calendar, the date varies from one year to another and begins when the first sight of the new moon is recorded.
It also depends on the location, with different countries observing it in different ways.
This year in Nigeria, it will either fall on Sunday, June 25 or Monday, June 26. This is according to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Nigerian Muslims started their fasting on May 27. According to injunction from the Holy Quran, fasting can either be 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon.
The federal government is expected to declare June 26 and June 27 as public holidays to mark the event.
How is Eid el Fitr celebrated?
Eid el Fitr is to celebrate the happiness which man feels after successfully completing an important task.
The day is the first time Muslims will be having their first daylight meals in a month.
Usually on the first morning of Eid, Muslims gather in their finest clothes in open-air locations or at local mosques for Salat al-Eid prayers, before holding family gatherings and visiting friends.
During the celebrations, Muslims will exchange gifts, greeting cards, prepare special foods and greet each other by saying "Eid Mubarak" - which roughly translates as "happy Eid" or "blessed Eid."
Many Muslims display this thanksgiving by giving donations and food to those less privileged.
Is there another Eid celebration in the calendar?
Just like Eid al-Fitr, Muslims also celebrate Eid al-Adha, also called Eid-el Kabir (The bigger festival).
Eid al-Adha is expected to take place in September, which falls in the middle of the 12thand final month in the Islamic calendar.
The celebration revolves around when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of his faith.
It’s similar to the Christian and Jewish stories in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, but spared him from doing so.
During this time, Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals. The meat is divided up among friends, family and the needy.