As the holy month of Ramadan draws to its end and the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitar have already started. We take a look at the significance of Ramadan and try to understand the lessons it teaches and let’s take the opportunity to honor the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar by remembering a few things about this ceremony and its significance.
Every year during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink and marital relations. Fasting is compulsory on every capable mature Muslim.
Ramadan is not merely abandoning food and drink. It teaches self-restraint, patience and empathy. It teaches us to abstain from worldly pleasure and encourages to meditate. Ramadan also encourages people to help the poor and the needy. Fasting is meant to humble oneself and increase moral discipline as well as serve as a reminder of the plight of those less fortunate who live in hunger and deprivation. In short Ramadan is all about caring, sharing, family and getting closer to God.
After the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the three day festival of Eid-ul-Fitar, which literally translates into “The Festival of Breaking the Fast.” Muslims wear their best clothes, prepare food and sweets and spend these days with family and friends. The Special Eid prayer is performed in the morning and is held in congregations in mosques or open areas. After the prayer is over, people get together in parks or at each other’s' houses. Children are usually given gifts or cash during Eid from family and friends. Mothers often send their children with gifts of home-made sweets and platters to neighbors as part of the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.
We at PlacidWay believe in caring and sharing and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you who are celebrating, a very happy Eid-ul-Fitar.