Sunday, September 20, 2009

Eid al Fitr & Eid Mubrak



Eid al Fitr [‘eed ul fit-terr] is the name of the holiday which follows the month of fasting during Ramadan; the first day for a month where you can eat and drink during daylight hours. It's also the first day of the 10th lunar month of the Arabic calendar.

The word 'Eid' means happiness/ festivity whilst F’tr means 'to break'. For me Eid at F’tr is unique among festivals world wide, I can't think of another one which appears to be purely about personal achievement. It's also a time to be with the family.

Arabs will greet each other with the words Eid Mubarak [‘eed moo-ba-rrak] or, 'holiday congratulations'.

In Saudi Arabia a nine day national holiday always occurs at Eid al f’tr, which translates into two weeks off work.  In the rest of the Gulf, three days is the norm.




5 comments:

Learning as I go - Islam said...

Eid Mubarak!

Hollie said...

Eid Mubarak!

ADK said...

Eid Mubarak!

ANULAL said...

Eid Mubarak

karim said...

Very thoughtfull post on personal achivement. It should be very much helpfull

Thanks,
Karim - Creating Power