21 April – first day of Eid al-Fitr
The holy month of Ramadan has come to an end in the United Arab Emirates. According to the Moonwatch Committee, a young crescent has appeared in the sky, making Friday, 21 April the first day of the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr.
Members of the committee congratulated the rulers of the UAE, as well as residents and Muslims, on the occasion. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast. On these days, it is customary to spend with family and friends, give gifts and make donations. Various festivities are held throughout the country over several days.
After a festive dinner in a family circle, Emirati residents and visitors take to the streets to admire the fireworks and congratulate each other. There are huge sales on offer at the shops and special offers at the hotels.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam. According to a legend, it was established by the prophet Mohammed himself in 624. The holiday begins in the evening on 29 or 30 of the month of Ramadan, when according to the Muslim calendar (Hijra) on the 1st of the next month (Shawwal).
Eid al-Fitr (or Uraza Bayram) is directly linked to the ideas of spiritual perfection and good deeds. Before this Eid it is necessary to forgive each other’s offences and to try to visit relatives and friends and ask their forgiveness.
Source: Arabian Business
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