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09/16/2010

Ramadan, the fasting and its tradition in Afghanistan

Eid ul-Fitr (Eid festival) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar which means the end of Ramadan.

The Muslims are preached by the Holy Qur'an, to end the holy month of Ramadan on the last day of fasting. Eid means "festival" and Fitoru means "lustration" in Arabic, which represents purification after ending fast.

The Eid festival in Afghanistan is not just a festival, but it means more than that. First, when they prepare for the celebration, the Muslims begin cleaning their house 10 days before the festival. The people buy sweets and new clothes to welcome their guest at home.

At home, it is a habit to give pocket money to the children and meet relatives and friends whom you hardly see.

Thus, at the festival “Eid al Fitoru” scheduled at the end of the month of Ramadan, people spend their time with their family and friends, and spend time to cherish the people in need.

The service to celebrate the festival begins from 8:30 or 9:00 AM on the first day. Everyone embraces each other celebrating the wonderful festival. After the festival, they return home and celebrate the festival with their family. Exchanging the phrase “Ei de Mubarak” , everyone celebrates their pray and fast so that it will be accepted by Allah. At each home it is a habit to give pocket money to the children, meet family members and friends difficult to see at their daily life.

This is how people spend their time during the festival “Eid al Fitoru”  at the end of the Ramadan month with people who you care the most.

September 16, 2010 in Afghanistan |