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Yesterday was the of Eid which muslims across the world are due to the end of the fasting period for Ramadan. Muslims celebrate Eid twice a year. 1 is called Eid Ul Fitr which muslims believe to be a reward for fating throughout Ramadan and the other is know as Eid Ul Adhaa which takes place during the season of pilgrimage. Eid beautiful time in the Muslim calendar as it is a time for families to get together and celebrate this day of happiness that God has given to us.
Eid is a day in which we have been taught to spread kindness amongst our fellow human beings. Muslims are commanded to give an extra special form of charity before the Eid Ul Fitr prayer. This is so that those people who live in poor countries also can enjoy the day of Eid It is a day of happiness. The day normally starts off with the normal early morning prayer which at the moment is around 4:30am. Thereafter people tend to go home and get ready for the Eid prayer by wearing their nicest clothes, having a shower and eating something sweet.
The Eid prayer normally takes place around 9am and it is a great time to see the mosques so full as Eid is 1 point throughout the year that everyone in the local community comes together and celebrates Eid together amongst friends and family.
Before the Eid prayer there is normally a sermon which is delivered by the imam and quite often the sermon relates to all the good actions that muslims tend to undertake during the month of Ramadan. Many people associate Ramadan with the month of fasting and rightly so, however we often find that muslims during Ramadan undertake lots of other different forms of worship which they don't normally do. The sermon normally reminds us to keep up all the good work that we have undertaken during Ramadan.
After the Eid prayer lots of people tend to visit the cemetery to remember their loved ones and those who have passed away before this. I feel this is a very important thing to do as we can also visit them on Eid but at the same time reflect on the true meaning of life and what life is about.
During the afternoon is the time where families normally get together and sit down and have a meal. This tends to be a special time for some families as in some cases the whole extended family is invited and you get to see people who sometimes you don't see for a quite a while but again, families getting together and celebrating together is part of what Eid is about.
In the evening a person may visit another member of his family and see some of his friends and eat with them also. I really enjoy Eid as it is a day full of celebrations and celebrating with those who you love and those who love you.