Eid Customs

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Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one, two or three days. Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting ‘Eid Mubarak ("Blessed Eid") or ‘Eid Sa‘id ("Happy Eid"). Image courtesy-mapsofindia.com

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In addition, many countries have their own greetings in the local language " in Turkey, for example, a typical saying might be Bayraminiz kutlu olsun or "May your Bayram " Eid " be blessed." Image courtesy-wordpress.com

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Muslims are also encouraged on this day to forgive and forget any differences with others or animosities that may have occurred during the year. Image courtesy-sulekha.com

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Typically, Muslims wake up early in the morning-always before sunrise-offer Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping with the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad clean their teeth with a toothbrush, take a shower before prayers, put on new clothes (or the best available), and apply perfume. Image courtesy-muslimmatters.org

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It is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid. It is customary to acknowledge this with a small sweet breakfast, preferably of the date fruit, before attending a special Eid prayer (known as salaat). Image courtesy-glamour.com

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As an obligatory act of charity, money is paid to the poor and the needy (Arabic: Sadaqat-ul-fitr) before performing the ‘Eid prayer: To show happiness To give as much charity as is possible To pray Fajr in the local Masjid To go early for Eid salaat To read the takbirat in an open field. Go to the Eid prayer on foot Image courtesy-leblancresources.com

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Muslims recite the following incantation in a low voice while going to the Eid prayer: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La ilaha illà l-Lah wal-Lahu akbar, Allahu akbar walil-Lahi l-?amd. Recitation ceases when they get to the place of Eid or once the Imam commences activities. Image courtesy-muslimvoices.org

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Muslims are recommended to use separate routes to and from the prayer grounds. Image courtesy-pakistantoday.com.pk

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The Eid prayer is performed in congregation in open areas like fields, community centers, etc. or at mosques. No call to prayer is given for this Eid prayer, and it consists of only two units of prayer with an additional six incantations. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon and then a supplication asking for God's forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world. The sermon also instructs Muslims as to the performance of rituals of Eid, such as the zakat. Listening to the sermon at Eid is a requirement i.e. while the sermon is being delivered; it is prohibited to talk, walk about or offer prayer. After the prayers, Muslims visit their relatives, friends and acquaintances or hold large communal celebrations in homes, community centers or rented halls. Image courtesy-usefilm.com

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Eid gifts, known as Eidi, are frequently given at eid to children and immediate relatives. Image courtesy-paklinks.com

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