Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al Udha are all holidays Muslims celebrate throughout the year. I’ll be highlighting the fun traditions my family personally does, along with how we decorate for Ramadan and Eid! I also happen to have a different perspective since I’m a revert – I converted to Islam in 2011. All of the photos above are some ways my husband and I have celebrated Ramadan and Eid together!
These holidays are celebrated based on the lunar calendar, which means they are always changing dates. In 2017 we’ll be starting Ramadan around May 26th, Eid-al-Fitr around June 25th and Eid-al-Udha around September 1st – inshallah (God willing). Now these dates are not set in stone because they are based on when the full moon appears for the first day of Ramadan.
Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan is celebrated for an entire month by Muslims around the world. We fast from sun up to sun down, that’s no food all day long. It is a complex time for Muslims where we are try to refocus our attention back on Allah (God), practicing self-discipline and creating a greater understanding on sacrifice.
The very next day after Ramadan ends, we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. Eid is the festival of breaking the fast. Most Muslims start the day at the mosque for a morning prayer with the community. After that we hang out with family which includes lots of food and presents! To me, Eid is celebrated very much like most American’s celebrate Christmas. I happen to know what it’s like to celebrate both!
Eid-al-Udha is festival of the sacrifice. It’s the second of two Eids we celebrate and comes roughly two months and ten days after the last Eid was celebrated. It celebrates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son but before he could Allah (God) intervened by sending his angel Jibar’il (Gabriel) who put a sheep in his place instead. Hence the festival of the sacrifice. Muslims typically slaughter a sheep or goat and a majority of the meat is given to the poor and needy. We are also celebrating the Muslims who have come back from Hajj.
RAMADAN & EID POSTS