A local perspective of Eid Mubarak celebrations & festivities
Almost everyone would have heard this term, “Eid Mubarak”. Yes, it means Happy Eid. What is Eid?! Eid verbally means pledge. Eid is one of the holy and glorious events of Islam which is celebrated as a holy, religious and political event for the sake of enhancing relationships, friendships, brotherhood and unity among the people around the world. Eid happens twice a year with a distance of two months from each other. The first Eid which this year happens at 17th July, 2015 is called Eid-ul-Fitr which is followed by a month of fasting in Ramadan. Now I am located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. We are celebrating Eid together. Some days ago, I had posted about Ramadan and how is it celebrated by Muslims around the world. Honestly, it was a great and awesome month, felt very blessed and holy despite all its challenges, like, the warmth, long-days and etc. Eid is a great followup to the Ramadan after a month of worship.
Eid around the world
Eid lasts for three days and we are celebrating it with different traditions in different Islamic countries but almost they all follow the same pattern.
First day of Eid
Its first day starts with Eid Prayer at the same time all around the world and then everyone spreads to start the blessed Eid. Then, everyone with their new clothes and smiles on their faces, are visiting their families, relatives and friends to renew their pledge of relationship and love with each other. As verbally Eid means pledge, it is meant to be a reason of pledge between people to renew their love and relationships with each other. It happens almost the same way in all Islamic countries.
Second day of Eid
Following that, the second day of Eid is the next day with the same pattern, to visit relatives and friends especially to those whom they have never talked to and had fought with. Eid is meant to happen for the reason of relationships, love and bond between the people.
To talk to a person whom you have never talked to, Eid is the time!
To start helping and caring about the poor people, Eid is the time!
To renew your broken relationships and bonds with others, Eid is the time!
Thus, Eid is a great event for Muslims all over the world.
Third day of Eid
Finally, the third day of Eid is spent with enjoyable and entertainment activities, like, picnicking, sightseeing, camping and else. It depends upon the culture of entertainment of different countries, however, Islamic-illegal (Haraam) actions are still illegal. Eid has books of philosophy actually which are all great and amazing, from my perspective. I hope everyday can be Eid, to do such great things. Peace and love should cross the borders and flourish lively, I hope!
Now, I should sleep to wake up early, tomorrow, which is the first day of Eid to start it lively and lovely! Hope everyone in the world is celebrating this occasion, no matter what religion! I hope also, Eid brings up peace and prosperity to the world and our home, Earth! In case if you wanted to know more about it, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be glad to explain more about it!