Having Muslim friends over for a visit during the Feast of Breaking the Fast? Check out the do’s in celebrating this joyous event.
Eidul Fitr (or Eid’l Fitr), also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims. It celebrates the conclusion of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
This event only became part of the Philippines’ list of the national non-working holidays when former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9177. This year, President Benigno Aquino declared this coming Friday, July 17, as a day to join our Muslim brothers and sisters in celebrating Eid’l Fitr. As it is one of the most festive days in the Islamic calendar, it is highly anticipated and celebrated with prayers and grand feasts. Non-Muslims, however, can still join the celebrations, even in their own homes by following these useful tips.
What food to prepare
As Eid’l Fitr marks the end of the month of fasting, one of this day’s highlights is a grand feast celebrated at home, rented halls, or community centers. Our Muslim brethren prepare special halal dishes--very much like how Christians celebrate Christmas, and grown-ups give presents, called Eidi, to children and relatives.
Sweet dishes and treats are also a staple in this happy feast. As it is customary to share food with everybody, even with those who are just passing by, it’s better if you prepare enough food to share with your neighbors.
Homes are also cleaned and made spotless before this important holiday. Bedding and curtains are changed, and home decorations are set.
Placing elegant rugs, mats, pottery, lanterns, candles, and ceramics made by the Muslim community not only adds character to your home, they also enhance your home’s mood in time for this festive day. But remember to have the designs of these items match. Bouquets and other floral arrangement not only adds aroma but also makes the place look more lively and colorful. If you have money to spare, you may buy a new set of cutlery that matches the feast.
During this time, gifts called Eidi are shared among family and friends, most especially with children. Gifts may be arts and crafts, pastries, or any little thing that could be of help to the recipient. These gifts are thought of and prepared just like most Filipinos would go about it during Christmas.
As the Muslim community fasts during Ramadan, they are reminded of being one with the poor. During this time, they give alms to those who are less unfortunate. However, help does not always have to be money. Many gather their old stuff and hold garage sales, and give their earnings to charity.
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