Eid ul Fitr is the festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramzan, and the starting of the month of Shawwal. The festival is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal. Eid is considered to be the gift from Allah for the month long fastings and offering of prayers by Muslims during the month of Ramzan.
The festival of Eid is the most prominent festival among the Muslims. The festival came with the sighting of crescent Moon usually on the 30th day of Ramzan month, however, sometimes the crescent Moon was sighted on the 29th day also. It also marks the starting of the month of Shawwal, according to the Islamic calendar.
On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr 2020, also known as ‘Meethi Eid’, Muslim men across the world offer prayer in the morning in a large congregations. Apart from praying to Allah, Muslims exchange gifts, relish traditional delicacies and wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak.’ The festival is also celebrated by offering zakat which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. People contribute a part of their earning to charity as a gesture of equality in celebration.
The timings and dates of celebrating Eid depends on country to country. Many countries celebrate Eid on the same date it is celebrated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, in India, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated on the second day of the crescent Moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, which means in India Eid is celebrated a day after it is celebrated in the UAE.
Eid ul Fitr 2020 Date in India:
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country on May 25 as the moon could not be sighted on Saturday, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Ahmed Shah Bukhari said.
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, Bukhari appealed to people to offer Eid namaz at their homes.
A meeting of Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind, was held here during the day. After the meeting it was announced that the moon was not sighted in Delhi and there was also no report from any part of the country, a statement from Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind said.
Maulana Muizuddin, secretary of Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, declared that the first Shawwal falls on May 25, so Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday.
Jaimiat Ulema-e-Hind appealed to people to adhere to social distancing and lockdown guidelines of the governments and stay at home to offer Eid namaz.
This will be perhaps the first time that there will no mass namaz at mosques and idgahs across the country as the government has prohibited all kinds of religious gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan.