Celebrating Eid al-Fitr: A global tradition among Muslims

Ramadhan is a significant observance in the Muslim community, which typically lasts for a month. It is a time for Muslims to exhibit their faith in Allah through fasting, prayer, and good deeds.

During Ramadhan, Muslims practice strict fasting from sunrise to sunset for almost 12 hours daily. This practice aims to strengthen self-restraint, develop piety, and increase empathy for the less fortunate. Similar to the Lenten season of Catholics, Ramadhan is a time of reflection and spiritual growth.

The start of Ramadhan is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon in the Islamic month of Shawwal, based on the lunar-based Islamic calendar. The end of Ramadhan is celebrated with the Eid al-Fitr, which falls on April 22 this year. Like Catholics’ Christmas festivities, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr with joy and gratitude, marking the end of their month-long observance.

Eid’l Fitr is one of the two Eids celebrated by Muslims, the other being Eid el-Adha. Eid’l Fitr is considered one of the most important and sacred holidays for Muslims, commemorating the culmination of the Hajj to Mecca, the 5th Pillar of Islam. It also marks the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God.

To recognize the religious and cultural significance of Eid al-Fitr, President Ferdinand R. Marcos declared April 21 a regular holiday for the observance of the holiday. This recognition allows Muslim Filipinos to practice their faith peacefully and highlights the importance of interfaith understanding and respect.

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