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Eid Mubarak

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May 20, 2020

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Eid-Al-Fitr or most commonly known as Eid, is an Arabic term which means festival of breaking of the fast. It is the most important religious festival in Islam Calendar and takes place in the month of Shawwal. After fasting for a whole month known as Ramadan, the day when this stringent fasting ritual is broken is known as Eid. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
As per legendary beliefs, Prophet Muhammad found some people celebrating for two days and that included various sorts of entertainment and merry-making when he arrived in the city of Madinath. On asking the reason behind celebration, the local people answered that these merriments were events of refreshment and fun of days of jahilliyah. Prophet Muhammad pronounced that Allah has set two days of holidays for people, one is Eid-Al-Fitr and the other is Eid-Al-Adha.
Mention of these festivals were found even before the advent of Islam in Arabian lands. The Israelites also had similar fashion of festival. As most people say or believe that Eid was started when Prophet Muhammad migrated to Madinath from Mecca, we can take this time as the origin of Eid.
Eid-Al-Fitr is a day-long celebration and is also known to be the 'Smaller Eid' because the other Eid named as Eid-Al-Adha is a four day festival and is called Greater Eid. The core principle for both these Eid days remains the same and that is showing gratitude to Allah.

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