Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr, or simply Eid for short, is the annual Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan – the Islamic holy month of fasting; Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa for my many Malaysian friends.
As follow-up to my September 12 post entitled ‘Some tips to touring Jordan during Ramadan,’ I thought it might be an interesting cultural lesson to those traveling in the Hashemite Kindom during this “festival” (Eid) celebrating the “break of the fast” (ul-Fitr).
Starting out with how-to-know when Ramadan is ending – a process nicely described via the VOA Newsire:
The three-day Eid al Fitr holiday begins Tuesday in nine Arab states, with the exception of Egypt and Syria, after Muslim scholars sighted the crescent moon, overnight, bringing an end to the month of Ramadan, according to Islam’s lunar calendar.
The APF news service adds this interesting tidbit and twist to the process:
Religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, said the new moon had been sighted and that Ramadan would end on Monday with the feast to follow the next day. Lebanon and Jordan made similar announcements.
The Islamic calendar is a lunar one, and most Muslim countries set the beginning of Eid al-Fitr by the sighting of the new moon.
But Libya — where the feast also begins on Tuesday — uses astronomical calculations.
With when out of the way, we wander over to the WikiPedia Eid al-Fitr page to learn what and how; including this media-driven, modern practice:
The end of Ramadan is announced via e-mail, postings on websites, or chain phone calls to all members of a Muslim community.
And it is with that last noteable quotable I thought it might be fun to list some snippets from a few Jordanian bloggers announcing EID – starting with this marvelous poster via Chocoholic MADNESS:
The author adding:
… Its EID! Woo hoo! I love waking up early on EID! (only on EID i would rather sleep any other day). So we go to EID prayer then ofcourse we go to have BREAKFAST! i miss having a big yummy breakfast! Pancakes! Fried Eggs with Toast and Croissant & jam!
Degrees of Freedom writes – Fitr Mubarak for you:
if you wanna feel something fuzzy about Eid, check this blog post entry, southern muslimah shows how people are celebrating Eid around the world
Kinzi (My Treasure) – A Blessed Eid, Dear Readers
Mabruuk, mabruuk, mabruuk!!!
HeiseHeise.com – Eid ul-Fitr; Ramadan’s end
Today marked the end of Ramadan, which means that a collective sigh of relief seemed to go up all over this side of the world last night when the sun’s last rosy edge dropped below the horizon for the final night of Ramadan. On my way to and from the school, the streets were jam-packed in the morning … But in the afternoon, all was eerily quiet along the main roads – I’ve been told that today is the Eid ul-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast, and it’s an Islamic tradition to travel great distances to see old friends to have the festival together. Even some of my American teacher friends, none of them Muslim, are joining in with the idea …
Rob Ganim-Live from Amman – Weekend with the Bedouins
The arrival of Eid and the end of Ramadan cut my weekend with the Bedouins short last night, as our group was piled into a late night bus that took us back to Amman, arriving at about 12:30 am. Despite this, I had another great experience here in Jordan. I spent my weekend with a Bedouin family in the village of Naifa on the Baghdad Road, which, not surprisingly, goes to Baghdad.
Jordanian Drift – EID MUBARAK!!!
So, today (Tuesday) happened to be declared Eid in Jordan. Al-hamdoulillah. I went visiting last night and as it turned out wound up with less than 2 hours sleep by the time I rolled out of bed at fajr and had to start getting ready for the Eid prayer. The masjid was full, but not packed which was nice, and EVERYONE (locals, foreigners, visitors, residents etc) went around giving salams, kissing each other, spearding the “Eid love” –
So happy and blessed Eid to all the wonderful people I’ve met in Jordan – I look forward to seeing you again at some point in the future; though when I can’t tell (years?-).by