Friday, May 23, 2008

Idul Fitri, the Muslim holiday

Idul Fitri, also known as Lebaran is one of holy days of Muslims. In Arabic, idul means festivity, while fitri means holy or nature from the word fitrah. In other words , Idul Fitri means a back-to-holy-condition feast. The Muslims celebrated Idul Fitri after they get through Ramadhan, the month which they must do fasting for 29-30 days. The celebration of Idul Fitri is started by doing Salat Id in the morning. Then, the celebration afterwards varies from country-to-country. In Indonesia, after Salat Id, the Muslims visit their relatives, to maintain the relationship among them and thank God for the blessings. Also, On Idul Fitri, the Muslims give money to the poor and wear their best clothes. Idul Fitri is also the time to forgive and apologize. Idul Fitri is a joyous occasion with important religious significance. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting but also thank God for the self control and strength that Muslims believe God gave them. It is a time of giving and sharing.

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