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Eid Al-Fitr: How does each Muslim country celebrate it differently?

The blessed Eid Al-Fitr holiday for this year 2020 begins on the twenty-fourth of May, and according to the crescent’s vision for the month of Shawwal, the forms and legacies of the celebration of the blessed Eid are varied, but all Muslims gather the sharing of joy, pleasure and a distinctive family atmosphere, as well as sharing fun times between friends and friends. It remains in the shadow of this that each country has its own cultural and popular characteristics, as customs, traditions, and preparation for the celebration express the special heritage of each country.

Turkey

The Turks go all out in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, they hang ornaments and decorations on buildings, towers, windows, buses, and even ferry boats. They also tend to raise flags all over the country, whether national or religious flags.

The streets get lined up with lights and decorative banners celebrating the awaited Eid Al-Fitr. It is also customary this time of year for mosques to witness a larger crowd than usual as everyone gathers to pray the Eid prayer.

Morocco

In Morocco, people parade their traditional Moroccon caftans and costumes as a form of celebration. This tradition brings joy to everyone, particularly, the children as they get to dress up in their nation’s traditional costumes. Prayers spread out all over the streets, then go back home to have a traditional family breakfast of Eid themed foods and desserts.

Lebanon

Lebanon has always been known for its rich cuisine and delicious food. So, it is only natural for food to play a huge role in the country’s Eid celebratory traditions. All over the beautiful country, cakes, sweets, and the traditional Eid dessert, Kahk are being served.

The mosques, streets, and parks come to life with the celebrating crowd from the very first Eid morning. Kids parade around their new Eid clothes, families and friends gather for Eid picnics in Lebanon’s breathtaking nature, and the festive atmosphere takes over the country from the capital Beirut to the smallest villages.

The Arab Gulf

Family gatherings are the essence of celebrating Eid in the Gulf are, people through group banquets where both close and distant family members gather around to celebrate the awaited arrival for Eid Al-Fitr.

In honor of the beloved holidays, traditional celebratory events like horse races, horse shows, concerts, and barbeques are thrown all over the Gulf area, some so great that people from all over the Arab world come to see them.

Indonesia

Indonesian tend to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr in an old fashion way as they send greeting cards wishing each other a happy did. This tradition has been so strong that Eid Al-Fitr has been known as the Postal workers’ busiest season of the year.

China

Seeing how it is not officially a Muslim country and Muslims are considered to be a minority there, they make sure to keep in touch with each other and visit one another or gather in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr. In some cities, companies give their Muslim employees the first day of Eid Al-Fitr to celebrate it freely.

Egypt

In Egypt, preparations are made for the Eid two weeks before coming, as new Eid clothes are prepared, houses are cleaned, and streets and mosques are decorated, in order to be prepared for relatives and friends with the coming of Eid, and delicious foods and sweets are served in particular.

Among the manifestations of celebrating Eid in Egypt: new clothes are bought for adults and children in particular. For the feast of the feast, the streets and shops are crowded, and the demand for new clothes and shoes increases, and markets flourish.

One of the basics of the festival is a celebration to bring joy and joy to family members, which is required in the Islamic religion, as making cake or buying it makes the family happy and happy.

On the morning of Eid, the worshipers flow immediately as soon as the sun rises, decorating a suit in mosques; they wear new clothes, perform Eid prayers in public places and large mosques, and accompany women and children.

Some of the most popular dishes during Eid in Egypt are cakes, pancakes, salted fish, nuts, and some prefer dishes of meat and onions. In particular, children are the happiest and celebrating the holiday. For them, the holiday means new clothes, riding swings, eating cakes, going to recreational places such as parks and amusement parks, and visiting relatives. In Egypt, amusement parks and gardens are keen on providing the most beautiful means of play, without including the hammocks that fill the squares of cities and popular areas, and Eid is one of the main signs for celebrating Eid in Egypt.

India

Indian Muslims celebrate with ceremonies that take the form of hand drawing with henna, whether for men or women, especially in the state of “Hyderabad” where Muslims are gathered at a famous mosque in the city called “gamma”.

Nepal

Nepal Muslims release colorful balloons as soon as worshipers finish Eid prayers, soaring in the sky.

Palestine

In Jerusalem, everyone goes to the arenas and chapels to perform the Eid prayer, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque square. Once the Eid prayer ends, everyone goes to the markets that are decorated with different types of sweets.

Jordon

People of Jordan go to markets that are decorated with sweets, and Jordanians spend the feast in public parks and gardens, and they start their day on the occasion of eating cakes and cake, and the feast is an opportunity for children to enjoy going to the clubs and fireworks, with a preference for eating nuts and sweets.

Lastly, we wish you a blessed Eid Fitr among your family and loved ones, wherever you are…

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Omnia Essawy

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