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An Eid to Remember

Muslim Celebrations around the world

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The Muslim day of celebration is known as the Eid. The Quran makes explicit mention of two types of Eid, one being the Eid al-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice of Abraham) and Eid al-Fitr (The Festival commemorating the end of the fasting Month of Ramadan). These two celebrations involve ritual prayer at local mosques, self-reflection, community festivities, visiting family and friends, and gift-giving for the children. Muslims are also encouraged to spend of their wealth and food-stuffs on those who may be hungry. These two Eids are a worthy celebration because of the values they represent: Sacrifice for what is good and remembering the blessings of God.

Eid may also refer to other days where one may celebrate other events of religious significance. A famous tradition attributed to the Holy Prophet mentions: “Any day that one does not sin is an Eid.”

The below photo essay is a glimpse of some of the shared experiences of Muslims worldwide enjoying the days of Eid. Enjoy the beautiful set of pictures, many of which are from the 2012 Capture the Spirit of Ramadan photo contest.

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Prayers in India – Muslim men in India partake in the Eid prayer, a special prayer made in congregation during the day of Eid, an Islamic holy day of celebration.


Eid in the Holy House – Visitors to the Holy City of Mecca partake in the Eid prayer in Masjid al-Haraam (the Grand Sacred Mosque). Throughout the year Muslims celebrate different types of Eid. This Eid is known as Eid-al-Fitr, celebrating the end of the Month of Ramadan.


Dress up – Young girls of Bosnia-Herzegovina are dressed in red traditional clothing. Many cultures dress up in bright, colorful clothing on the day of Eid.


American Eid – A young boy from America enjoys the community Eid carnival.


Focus on the Children – Young Muslim American children enjoying a friendly foot-race in the park. Many communities arrange for fun activities on Eid day for their youth. Memorable Eids for young children can help foster feelings of love towards the community and the religion.


VIP Section – Dignitaries and scholars standing in the front lines of the Eid prayer in Saudi Arabia.


Party all night long – The city of Jerusalem is lit up on the night before the Eid day celebrating the end of the Month of Ramadan. Festivities take place both during the day and night, but one must make sure not to sleep-in past the Eid prayer in the morning.


Women at the Eid Prayer – Indonesian women participate in the Eid prayer.


Satisfying the Eid Sweet Tooth – A street vendor in Indonesia sells sweets and snacks on Eid day.


Eid Hustle and Bustle – People walking around the the city of Tripoli, Libya in the afternoon. For Eid, both women and men dress in their nicest outfits.


A Monument dedicated to the Quran – A man reading the giant Quran in Al-Ihsaniyah Islamic Boarding School, Palembang, Indonesia. This world’s largest Quran was made from wood carvings with 9 meters thickness and the page size of 177 x 140 x 2.5 centimeters. This photo was the winner of the 2012 ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan’ photo contest.


Eid comes by the moon – The moon is sighted in Masjid al-Haraam, Mecca. The coming of the day of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), is marked by the 10 days after the sighting of the moon for the Month of Dhul Hijjah (the Islamic Calendar). Eid al-Adha commemorates the historical trial of Abraham, the great Prophet, who was tested by God for his devotion by requesting him to sacrifice his son. The son, Ismail, would be miraculously saved by God and replaced by a sheep.


Sheep in Iran – Sheep being tendered by their herder in Iran. Part of the Eid al-Adha is the sacrificing of sheep for those who can afford to do so. The meat is then to be eaten and given away as charity to the hungry. Of this spirit the Quran says, “…and mention Allah’s Name during the known days over the livestock He has provided them. So eat thereof, and feed the destitute.” – Quran 22:28


Let the [Modern] Festivities Begin! – Along with the traditional rituals of prayer and community gift-giving, many countries have also adopted more modern ways of celebrating. The Saudi Arabia night sky is lit up with fireworks celebrating the coming of Eid.


Hennah Tattoo – Women from many cultures, particularly those from South Asia and the Middle East, adorn hennah upon their hands during the times of Eid. Men sometimes die their hair with Hennah.
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Eid Crowds – Palembang city (Indonesia) residents join in on Eid prayers at Palembang Grand Mosque Mosque. Worshippers have trouble finding a space to pray in the large crowds.


Eid at the Taj Mahaal – The world wonder known as the Taj Mahaal is an example of exquisite Muslim architecture in India. Muslims walk back after eid prayers.


Eid Reflections – Young Malaysia boy sits on the marble floor of a mosque in Malaysia.


The Biggest Celebrations on Earth – Prayer crowds on a day of Eid in Jakarta, Indonesia. With with estimates revealing close to 2 billion Muslims world-wide, the eid prayer and festivities are perhaps the largest celebrations on earth.


Omani Eid Prayers – Prayer congregations in Oman, Jordan on Eid day.


Jerusalem Congregations – Eid Prayer congregations in Jerusalem, Palestine on Eid day.


Bittersweet Eid – Despite the difficult political conditions that exist in Jerusalem due to the Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Muslims take time to celebrate and pray on Eid.


White Cloth – Men in algeria sit before the prayer, participating in the “Takbiraat” – a ritual where the crowd chants praises of God.


Sheikh Zayed Mosque at night – The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dubau, United Arab Emirates lit up on Eid night. Local Emirates usually spend Eid with family and close friends.


Pillars – Prayer taking place amongst mosque pillars in India.


Sacred Tradition – A young Egyptian man raises his hands in dua (supplicational prayer) shortly after the Eid prayer.

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