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The days leading up to Ramadhan usually creates a question among devotees as to when the day Eid-ul Fitr would be.

Eid-ul Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan is also one of the most sought after celebrations and holidays for Muslims the world over.

In Sri Lanka, the sighting of the moon, the suspense over the actual date of the feast and the anticipation leading up to the festivities adds to its  allure.

This year, some say Eid may fall on Sunday the (25) while others argue it might on Monday (26). The celebration of Eid is subjected to the appearance of moon which is why its observance varies from country to country. The process of the moon sighting begins on the 29th day of Ramadhan. If the moon is sighted on the 29th, the next day is declared as Eid Al Fitr and the first day of the month of Shawaal.

After fasting for a month, Eid is celebrated as a day of reward and victory for all those devoted themselves to good deeds and worships during Ramadan. The celebration of Eid beckons a holiday in itself. No wonder it’s a public one around here.

To each individual, Eid has special significance. To the person who has managed to fast all 30 days of Ramadan, there’s a sense of fulfillment, a renewed sense of connection with Allah Almighty; most of all, a reason to celebrate.

While on the other hand if you ask a 10-year-old he will certainly tell you it’s that day of the year he or she gets to eat all those things that are too rich, too creamy and too sweet for an ordinary day.

It’s also a day, his or her grandparent and relatives will give them money, or buy clothes or gifts for them. Consider it our kind of Christmas, minus the tree. In certain parts of the Middle East, Eid is often welcomed with stuffed pastries and sweet delicacies; in South Asia, its rich meat dishes and super sweet desserts like the Wattalapam.

Eid is celebrated in much the same way across the world. Muslims would begin their day with the Eid prayer which follows the morning regular prayers. Eid greetings are exchanged immediately among family, friends and even strangers.

Muslims generally greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak” –
which roughly translates as “happy Eid” or “blessed Eid.”
It is customary to wear new clothes, exchange gifts and prepare lavish feast for the
entire family to congregate and enjoy. The celebrations can last up to three days,
and are seen as a time of forgiveness and of giving thanks to Allah for helping people to complete their spiritual fasting. Many Muslims display this thanksgiving by giving donations and food to those less fortunate than themselves.

The Nation wishes its readers a blessed Eid Mubarak!

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