Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, May 25, 2018 12:38:52 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Eid-ul-Fitr : Unique festival

By
25th-Jun-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Nasir Muzahid :
In Bangladesh, an occasion, to celebrate with much enthusiasm, is a rare opportunity. Want, poverty, natural disaster and political chaos always create obstacles on the way to the happiness of such a country's civilian. Despite these limitations, some occasions come once in a year to let the people forget about the sufferings. Eid, Puja and Pohela Boishakh are such occasions for the Bangladeshi people. Since it's a Muslim majority country, Eid comes here with enormous merriment. In Islam, there are two main religious 'Joy'  Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Fitr brings joy and happiness together with a glorious opportunity to 'return to normalcy" for Muslims all over the world. Eid means 'joy' and Fitr are Arabic words. Eid means festival and 'Fitr' means to open, to break fasting, to go back to normal situation. Eid-ul-Fitr is the day of joy on the 1st of the month of Shawwal, when people return to the normal routine of life after completing the Siam (restraint) and fasting in the holy month of Ramzan. The month of Siam begins after the appearance of the new moon of the month of holy Ramzan and roza (fasting) closes on sighting the new moon of the next month of Shawwal. During this month Muslims keep themselves restrained from anger, sex, illusions and jealousy. For this reason, the word Fitr is also used in the sense of victory.
Observance of this great festival of piety had begun only 1385 solar years ago. Earlier this, there were two different festivals which didn't go to Islamic Shariah. The people of Madina used to observe two days, one named Nouroz that followed the full moon of Autumn and the other Mihirjan that followed the full moon of Spring and the celebrations included joy and delight, sports and funs of vulgar taste. These rites and rituals of the pre-Islamic era were contrary to the norms of Islam. Nouroz introduced by Jarathustra was the New Year's festival. But the duration of that festival was six days, only one of which was the Nouroz-e-am that the common people could celebrate. The remaining five days were earmarked for the elite and the rich people only. Similarly, the six-day festivities of Mihirjan also had only one day for celebrations by the common people. Thus these two festivals were marred by class differences, gaps between the poor and the rich, vanity of the riches and open demonstration of vulgarities.
Eid-ul Fitr started being observed as a festival immediately after the Hijrat (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad (Sm) to Madina. The Hadith narrated by Hazrat Anas (Ra) depicts the following: "after the great Prophet (Sm) arrived at Madina, he observed that the people of the town celebrate two special days with fanfare." He then asked, what were these days? The local people replied that they had been celebrating these two days since the Jaheli era. Then Rasulullah (Sm) said, "Allah gave you two other good days instead of these two. These are the days of Eid-ul-Azha and Eid-ul Fitr".
The Arabs inspired by the ideals of Islam started observance of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul -Azha at the instructions of Rasulullah (Sm).
This led to the introduction of Eid-ul-Fitr, a festival of harmony free from class differences, filth and vulgarism.
In Bangladesh, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The night before Eid is called 'Chand Raat', which means, 'Night of the Moon.' Muslims on this night visit bazaars and shopping malls for their last moment's Eid shopping while they buy clothe and special gifts for the family members and near and dear ones during the whole month of Ramzan. Women, especially younger girls, apply the traditional Mehndi, or hena, on their hands on Chand Raat.
On Eid day, everyone tries to dress well and prepare delicious foods according to their ability. They have the food before going to offer the special salat of Eid-ul-Fitr. They perform two rakats of Eid prayer on the day.
Congregational prayers are held in all rural and urban places. In Dhaka, the Eid congregations are held at the national Eidgah and all major mosques including the Baitul Mukarram. The biggest congregation of the country is held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj, where about half a million people join the Eid prayer.
After offering the salat, the Muslims exchange greetings with each other. They exchange salam and greetings by embracing one another irrespective of status or age. It is common for children to offer salam to parents and adult relatives while they are given 'Eidi' by the elders.
They also visit the graves of the relatives and pious Muslims. It is a religious obligation on the day to pay fitra to the poor at a fixed rate. Many people also avail themselves of this opportunity to distribute Aakat, an Islamic obligatory alms tax of 2.5 per cent of one's annual savings, to the needy. Jakat is often distributed in the form of food and new clothes.
The government declares holiday for three days on the occasion. People who live in towns but have their families or parents in villages go to their homes to  meet relatives and celebrate the festival together. It's a common scenario in Bangladesh that that the homebound-people leaving the capital Dhaka with tremendous sufferings despite shortage of sufficient number of human vehicles and caution of heavy traffic jam for hours after hours in the highways. During this time, getting a bus or train ticket is almost like getting a gold medal.
On Eid and the following day, people usually visit their relatives and neighbours to share the joys of this festival. They have delicious food altogether and go out for roaming. Children are also usually taken to several amusement and wonder park for their recreation during the Eid vacation to get relief from their heavy academic pressure.
Different newspapers publish articles on the life and teachings of Hazrat Muhammad (Sm), the significance of Eid, and the ideals of Islam, while some also publish colourful Eid magazine which contains romantic poems, novels, short story and many others. The Radio and Television broadcast special programmes, which even continue till the 7th day of Eid. The programmes include Tv plays, Eid serials, newly released movies, magazine show, celebrity talk show, game show and comedy how:
In rural areas, Eid fairs are organised at many places. These fairs are basically gatherings that promote friendship among the rural people. On the other hand, city amusement park turns into fairs as people of all ages throng to these places to refresh them.
Thus the Eid-ul-Fitr brings the Muslim community of the whole world under a same celebration with much enthusiasm. Muslim people of all ages, all classes celebrate the Eid. The affluent Muslims extend their hands to the poor, embrace one another and rejoice with the same festivity. Eid-ul-Fitr, is the lone religious or social festival in the existing world, which come for the poor and rich with equal enjoyment.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Hasina`s India visit and getting water from Teesta


INDIA has kept talks on sharing of water of common rivers with Bangladesh stalled for over eight years holding back the signing of interim agreements on Teesta and Feni Rivers and making negotiations on five more rivers uncertain. India has been declining since 2010 to hold a water resources ministers-level ...

Entertainment »

Being an outsider, Kriti Sanon makes a mark in the industry


Being an outsider from Delhi, Kriti Sanon has carved a niche for herself in the industry in just a few years. As Heropanti celebrates its four year anniversary today, Kriti Sanon who ventured into B-town with the Sajid Nadiadwala film clocks four years in Bollywood. Over the years, Kriti Sanon ...

Entertainment »

Mithila`s two new TVCs Sheikh Arif Bulbon


Popular model and TV actress Mithila has performed as a model in two new TV commercials. She has also taken part in photo session of fashion designer Nazia Hasan Aditi’s boutique house, Adriana’s some wears. During Eid fashion lovers will get to buy wears of Adriana those were dressed by ...

Cricket »

Taskin likely to miss Windies Series


Sports Reporter :Pacer Taskin Ahmed is likely to miss the upcoming West Indies Series. Taskin has been suffering from shoulder injury for a long time. But he has maintained his running and gym-session. He has also taken part in the bowling and fielding practice. But He cannot recovery from injury. ...

Football »

Brazil's Flamengo Leo Duarte (right) fights for the ball with Argentina's River Plate Ignacio Scocco during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.


Football »

Roberto Chacon of Venezuela's Monagas (left) fights for the ball with Striker Diego Churin of Paraguay's Cerro Portenoduring a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Asuncion, Paraguay on Wednesday.


City »

President Abdul Hamid joined an Iftar Mahfil hosted by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on the Supreme Court premises and exchanging pleasantries on Thursday.


International »

Hariri on track to become PM for third time


Reuters, Beirut :Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri is on track to become prime minister for a third time after winning the backing of a majority of MPs in official consultations on Thursday, and is expected to launch negotiations on a coalition government.The post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim ...

Editorial »

About Rohingya children`s bleak future


FOLLOWING numerable foreign dignitaries, ministers, bureaucrats, Nobel laureates and the Pope -  a Bollywood celebrity  visited the Rohingya camps  commenting that the future of Rohingya children is deeply uncertain. The Indian actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra said Rohingya children can have a chance in the future only with ...

Football »

Diego Gonzalez of Argentina`s Racing Club (left) fights for the ball with Lucas Romero of Brazil's Cruzeiro during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Tuesday.


Cricket »

South Africa's AB de Villiers retires from international cricket


South Africa's star batsman AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced he was retiring from all international cricket after a 14-year career. "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect," he said in a statement. "After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is ...

City »

Principal Golum Mahmudunnabi Dollar speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday demanding implementation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's assurance for MPOs of the institutions in the upcoming national budget 2018-19.


Entertainment »

Amyra Dastur joins Kangana, Rajkummar for Mental Hai Kya


The young actress Amyra Dastur after making her impact in the south film industry is set to impress Bollywood with the announcement of multiple projects this year. Amyra received rave reviews for her performance in Kaalakandi early this year with Saif Ali Khan is now seems to have an interesting ...

Entertainment »

Tazin buried at her father`s grave


Entertainment Report :Popular TV actress and host Tazin Ahmed was buried in the city’s Banani graveyard on Wednesday afternoon. She was laid to rest at her father’s grave at about 2:50pm following a namaz-e-janaza at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers.  Tazin died of cardiac arrest at Regent Hospital in ...

International »

Speculation mounts over US push for Iran regime change


AFP, Washington :Speculation is swirling over the prospect of US willingness to push regime change in Tehran, as US officials including Washington's top diplomat urge Iranians to "choose for themselves" their government."The Iranian people get to choose for themselves the kind of leadership they want," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news