In the month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar), Muslims observe a stern fast and indulge in conciliatory and religious activities. At the end of the Ramadan, Eid Ul-Fitr is celebrated for three days by the Muslims around the globe in the event of fast breaking which falls on the first day of Shawwal month. The word 'Eid' has originated from the Arabic word 'oud', which means 'the return' symbolizing the return of the festival each year. The festival is momentous for its religious implications and for its timings. The myth divulges that the Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Mohammed in the last ten days of Ramadan month. Eid Ul-Fitr is also known as both eheker Bayram (Bayram of Sweets) and Ramzan Bayram (Ramadan Bayram) in the region of Turkey. The schools and offices are generally closed for the entire period of the festivity.
Eid-ul-fitr is celebrated for three days as it is one of the most auspicious days for celebrating the successful completion of fast and commandment of God during the holy month of Ramadan by the Muslims. Eid-ul-fitr is not related to any historical event nor connected to changes in seasons of cycle. It is just a unique spiritual festival where Muslims thank god for giving them such a good life, strength and will.
The Muslims around the globe wake up in the early hours of morning and get dressed up in their new clothes and have a small breakfast before attending a special Eid prayer called as “salah”. All the Muslim individuals attend prayer services and visit friends, relatives and neighbours. On the occasion of Eid Ul-Fitr people visit to cemeteries to offer their reverence to the deceased. On the very first day of the festival all the men attend special Bayram prayers in the local mosque early in the morning.
While wishing Bayram greetings it is a tradition to honour the elderly people by kissing their right hand and placing ones forehand on their hand. Young people usually go around wishing elderly people, relatives, and friends for that they get sweets, chocolates, Baklava and Turkish delight which is the traditional sweets made on the festival or small amounts of money in return.
Many fundraising events are organized for the poor people. People indulge in traditional activities and helping poor apart from celebrating with their dear ones. Every Muslim family donate food, money, dates, rice to the poor to ensure needy to have a holiday meal and participate in the celebrations before the day of Eid.
The night of Eid Ul-Fitr is a majestic night and valuable to stay awake for Ibadah, as this night is of equal importance as the night of Qadr. The conception of Eid Ul-Fitr is not confined to celebrate profligacy, lavish feasts, friendly gatherings rather devote this day to worship God and requesting him to commend their virtuous deeds and forgive their sins. This is as the doors of God's paradise are kept open on this day and blessings are showered on the people.