Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Eid El Fitr - May Your Eid Be Blessed

Eid El fitr is the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.   Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast
The View From Fez wishes our readers a blessed Eid

The end of Ramadan is expected to be celebrated after the sighting of the moon on Tuesday night. Eid will be observed on Wednesday.

Morocco relies on special committees across the country to monitor the sighting of the moon, in line with the Prophet’s saying: “Fast when you see the crescent and break the fast when you see it; if it is not apparent, then make the month of Sha’ban thirty days.”

Leading up to Eid El Fitr, Moroccan Souks have been busy with shoppers preparing for the holiday, purchasing sweets and biscuits. In line with tradition many people buy extra to give to less fortunate families. Zakat (or giving) is one of the five pillars of Islam and while some give money others choose to purchase basic necessities and staples, such as wheat or flour as gifts.

The burning of Moroccan incense is an ancient Eid traditions which still plays an important part of the Eid celebrations. In the days before Eid, incense is widely available.

Perhaps the most exciting part of Eid for children is the purchase of "Eid clothing" but it is not restricted to children and adults also purchase new clothes, particularly traditional jellabas, or kaftans.

In the USA, the Postal Service launched a new stamp to commemorate Ramadan. The new 2016 Eid stamp is blue with gold calligraphy in Arabic that features a traditional Eid greeting: May your Eid be blessed.

The launch was held at the Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville, Kentucky, because it was the birthplace of Muhammad Ali, who was Muslim.


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