Victoria Region East, Springvale Centre, will will conduct an observance of the Muslim festival by name Eid-al-Fitr, the conclusion to the Islamic month of fasting called Ramadan, on Sunday, July 10.
Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “conclusion of the fast”; and so the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting ‘Eid Mubārak (“Blessed Eid”) or ‘Eid Sa‘eed (“Happy Eid”). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions.
Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal, at the completion of Ramadan. Shaw’waal is the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The date changes from year to year. Since there are different ways of recognising the beginning of Eid, Muslims around the world do not always celebrate on the same day. Eid festivities may vary culturally depending on the region, but one common thread in all celebrations is the spirit of generosity and hospitality.
Fasting is not observed on the Day of Eid. Traditionally people have sweet dish before attending the special Eid prayer (salah). Eid prayer is performed in congregation in open areas like fields, community centers or at mosques. After the Eid prayer, Muslims usually join with the family, visit relatives and friends, give gifts (especially to children), and make phone calls to distant relatives.
Program: Eid-al-Fitr Celebration
Date: Sunday, 10 July 2016
Time: 10:00 am –11:30 am
Location: Crescent Hall, 1A The Crescent, Springvale
More Information: Saras: 0422 886 848 or Arjunan: 0422 318 027