Eid al-Fitr: The celebration at the sight of the crescent moon.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
It marks the end of Ramadan, the holy 9th month of the Muslim calendar year. It begins at the sighting of the crescent moon which sends a message of joy and jubilation across the globe. The air is filled with the aroma of traditional dishes like Sewaiyan and Pitha in every big and small household. It is when families and loved ones gear up for the blessed day where preparations gain a high spirited tempo and continue to be in full swing till late at night. The next morning everyone clad in their new attires congregate happily and offer the prayers after which people wish and embrace each other with oodles of joy and prosperity. Friends and relatives get together, exchange gifts and tokens of appreciation, children eagerly look for their much awaited ‘Eidi’. The blessed day is spent in much merriment and vigour where people from all spheres irrespective of any discrimination come together and appreciate every joyful moment with contentment and full of life. It is cherished as a day to celebrate all the blessings, privileges and good health with pomp and grandeur.
Why is it important?
It is important to remember that in the holy month of Ramadan, fasting is exercised to inculcate self-discipline. It is not a mere annual ritual nor just a temporary periodical abstinence from food and water. It is not at all an endurance of just hunger and thirst. But in its entirety it encourages the practice of patience, sacrifice and resilience. It helps to develope strength, endurance, tolerance and grit required to see through one’s entire life.
Why is Eid al-Fitr 2020 different?
2020 has brought us a Pandemic in the form of COVID 19 and has put the humankind and all its virtues to test. Our social life has been restructured to staying away from one another. We retired ourselves to staying indoors. Keeping away from our loved ones is seen as a sign of affection and love whereas embracing one another is rather seen as a criminal act. The materialistic possessions are once again are proven worthless in the face of this adversity. But this, at the moment seems to be the only way left for us to survive and see through this pandemic.
What difference can we bring?
Therefore let us get the sense of togetherness by staying at home this Eid.
Let us be compassionate, resilient and forgiving. Let us practice the patience, self-discipline & restraint we learnt to exercise this holy month.
Let us NOT indulge in any sort of extravagant and lavish activities. Let us not be wasteful and reckless rather extend our help to someone less fortunate.
The times are extraordinary and it requires extraordinary efforts. It is okay for us privileged ones to not have worn a new garment this Eid. Its okay to not have received gifts and Eidi from near and dear ones for we are blessed with a roof over our heads, food on our plates and the company of our beloved family.
We know that this sacrifice of ours even for a day can help someone reach Home, help someone provide food for his/her children. It can bring a family together.