Eid Al Fitr 2023: Celebrating the End of Ramadan and Spreading Joy Worldwide
Eid Al Fitr is a significant festival for Muslims, and it signals the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This year, Saudi Arabia has announced Friday, April 21 as the day of Eid Al Fitr 2023 after sighting the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal. The crescent moon sighting for Shawwal sparks major celebrations and is the start of a three-day festival in which Muslims worldwide come together to celebrate the end of their holy month.
The exact date of Eid Al Fitr changes each year since it's set according to the Islamic calendar, which follows the lunar cycle. The sighting of crescent moons introduces the start and end of each Islamic month. Islamic months last between 29 and 30 days, with the difference based on the waxing and waning of the moon, which explains why Islamic holidays fall on varying dates in the Gregorian calendar each year.
Typically, the day before Eid Al Fitr involves intense buzz, with Muslims busy prepping for the celebrations. Special dishes are ordered or prepared on this day, and markets buzz with buyers looking to pick up new clothes, kitchen utensils, or trinkets as gifts for loved ones.
On the day of Eid Al Fitr, Muslims gather en masse for Eid prayer, a special congregational prayer that is held outdoors (weather permitting) or in large mosques around the world. After the prayer, family and friends exchange greetings, gifts, and share meals together. This day typically is marked by visits to friends and family, feasts, and a general spirit of joy and goodwill.
Eid Al Fitr is a time of reflection, generosity, and celebration. As we mark this occasion, let us remember the teachings and lessons we learned during the Holy Month of Ramadan and carry forward the spirit of generosity and charity in our lives.
In conclusion, Muslim communities all around the world are anxiously preparing for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr celebrations. The announcement of the date of Eid Al Fitr 2023 on Friday, April 21, has sparked a surge of excitement and anticipation within these communities, with the date serving as the culmination of an eventful month of self-discipline and piety. May this Eid Al Fitr bring joy, peace, and happiness to all around the world.