Eid Al-Fitr: a celebration of gratitude
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and also well known as the festival of “Breaking the Fast”.
Millions of Muslims around the world will be gathering with their family and friends, attending morning prayers, giving donations to charity and having feasts together.
While Eid is the celebration of Allah, it is also an opportunity to reflect on Ramadan and all of the wonderful aspects of our lives that we are blessed to have.
Gratitude for food
Abstaining from eating and drinking in the day during Ramadan is very quick to remind you how lucky we are to have the choice to eat and drink.
During Eid, families will exchange food, go to big markets and give food to the less fortunate.
Eid, which means “festival”, is a three day celebration of joy and gratitude for the blessings of everyday life.
Gratitude for health
To Muslims, Eid is giving thanks to Allah for having given them the strength to fast and to be able to practise resilience and self-control.
In everyday life, our health can be taken for granted. Ramadan for many people is a reminder for one to take care of themselves, to slow down and to eat well in the evenings.
Fasting is not an easy task and Eid is a celebration for not only having the strength to do this, but also of the gift of health.
Gratitude for family
Like many festive occasions, Eid is celebrated by spending time with family and friends.
Today, we live in a fast paced society where we are constantly busy with work and everyday responsibilities.
Unfortunately, many of us will not find the time to spend it with the people that we love. During Eid, Muslims are encouraged to be joyful and to come together as a community.
There are many reasons to be grateful during Eid and each year, Ramadan will teach us something about ourselves but most of all, people will spend this occasion together to think of others and to celebrate life.
To our family and friends, Eid Mubarak! May you always be grateful for your blessings.