Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in India on 15th June 2018, Muslims in India greets each other by saying Eid Mubarak / happy Eid on Eid al-Fitr. Using phrase Eid Mubarak is the traditional way of greeting in Muslim culture which is reserved for two festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The meaning of the word “Eid”is a celebration and “Mubarak” stands for blessed. Eid al-Fitr celebrated after the holy month of Ramadan and people usually greet each other by saying, Eid Mubarak. Greeting with Eid Mubarak is a cultural tradition but not any religious obligation.
The word Eid Mubarak mainly used by Muslims Indian sub continence which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. Muslims from other countries uses different words to greet Eid.
About Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is a most important religious festival for Muslims which is celebrated worldwide. It marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. An interesting fact is that Eid is a first and only day of month Shawwal during which Muslims are not allowed to fast. Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is observed on the first of the month of Shawwal at the end of the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims undergo a period of fasting.
How Indian Celebrates Eid?
The night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, which means, “Night of the Moon”. Muslims in these countries will often visit bazaars and shopping malls with their families for Eid shopping. Women, especially younger girls, often apply the traditional Mehndi, or henna, on their hands and feet and wear colorful bangles. The traditional Eid greeting is Eid Mubarak, and it is frequently followed by a formal embrace. Gifts are frequently given—new clothes are part of the tradition—and it is also common for children to be given small sums of money (Eidi) by their elders. It is common for children to offer salam to parents and adult relatives. After the Eid prayers, it is common for some families to visit graveyards and pray for the salvation of departed family members.