Thousands of Vancouverites celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Thousands of Vancouverites celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Thousands of Vancouverites celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Religious Eid is a single day that signals the end of Ramadan and the start of the next month, Shawwal.

A record-breaking 140,000 Muslims celebrated Eid together in Birmingham in Europe's largest celebration of its kind. But as astronomers have predicted that the moon will not be visible until the next day, Eid al-Fitr will officially begin on Friday. After breakfast, they go to the mosque to offer Eid prayers, Salat al-Eid.

The day is marked by prayer and celebration after Ramadan, a month where adherents avoid water and food from dawn to sunset. According to the Gazi Council, 5-10 manats should be given by each person.

On the morning of Eid, Muslims gather in nearby mosques or outdoor spaces to perform their traditional prayer which consists of a sermon and a congressional prayer.

Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The end of the holy month will be either June 15 or 16, depending on when the new moon is seen.

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"Eid Mubarak" is a greeting used during the festival - Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak "blessed". In India, imam of the Jama Masjid, Delhi, announced that the first day of Eid would fall on Saturday, as the Shawwal crescent was not sighted on Thursday.

In a statement signed by its General Secretary, John Boadu, the NPP said Muslims should also pray for grace for all Ghanaians. The Islamic world believes that especially on this day God forgives all sins and grants all prayers, and that is the reason why Muslims say this night is better than a thousand months.

The Islamic month of Shawwal comes after the 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan when Muslims across the world observe a month long fasting. They also exchange gifts with friends and families.

It is also set to be a big weekend of shopping, with discounts of up to 90 per cent at more than 1,500 outlets at 15 malls in Abu Dhabi for a 24-hour Eid mega sale.

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