Eid Al Fitr in Abu Dhabi
Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid Al Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
On the thirtieth night of Ramdan, the moon observation authorities confirm either the completion of completing the fasting of 30 days of Ramadan or the start of "Shawal", the next hijri (Islamic calendar) month, which first day is Eid Al Fitr (The festival of fast-breaking).
In addition to its religious aspect, Eid Al Fitr, has human and social aspects as well, on the eve of Eid Al Fitr, Muslims give alms “Zakat” to poor people, they gather in the morning of Eid to perform the Eid prayer and congratulate each other on the happy occasion.
During the last days of Ramadan, Abu Dhabi Emirate streets are illuminated with decorative lighting, themed with Eid greetings such as "Asakom min Awwadah" (Wish you witness the next Eid) or "Eid Mubarak" (Blessed Eid) spreading a festal and joy.
Zakat Al Fitr is mandatory for all Muslims, it is a form of charity consisting of a quantity of the main food of the country or its monetary equivalent given to the poor.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment announces every year the exact amount of Zakat Al Fitr.
Zakat fund also provides Zakat Al Fitr online services that enables you to pay it online through the service Pay Zakat Online.
You can also pay Zakat Al Fitr by sending a short text message from your cell phone.
Eid Al Fitr Morning
Before going to Eid prayer, Muslims dress in the best clothes and break their fast with dates.
It is also the feast Sunnah to walk to the mosque and change the way back home, in addition to pronouncing Eid prayers “Takbeer” saying Allah Akbar which means God is the greatest.
Muslims, young and adults, men and women throng into mosques to perform Eid prayer, which start at sunrise.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment is responsible of announcing the exact timing of Eid Prayer each year.
After the prayer, Muslims congratulate each other saying “Eid Mubarak” and "Asakom Awwadah" and" Taqabala Allah Mina Wa Minkom" which means May God accept your worship.
You can search in the list of mosques in Abu Dhabi and find out their locations through the Mosques service.
Muslims wear the finest clothes at the feast of Eid Al Fitr. Girls wear Jalabia embroidered with golden thread and boys wear "Deshdasha" (The white emirati man dress) and Ghutra or “Shimagh” which, parents creatively tie on children's heads.
One of the most important Emirati Traditions during Eid, it begins right after Eid prayer and consist of a large table with varieties of popular cuisine and desserts such as Khabeesah, Harris, Bulalait, Tharid and Algaymat in addition to other Arabic sweets, coffee and different types of dates.
Family and Friends Visits
After the Eid prayer, Muslims scatter to visit family, neighbours and friends starting by the elder son house.
People also gather in public places and "Diwans". Public figures courts to congratulate each other and share traditional Eid meals, coffee and sweets.
On the eve of Eid Al Fitr, People exchange their bank notes to smaller notes in banks and distribute a sum of money to children in the Eid morning, a very welcomed tradition that makes children happy.
One of the traditional aspects that marks the Idiya custom is the children gathering to knock the neighbours’ doors and repeating songs from Emirati heritage, saying give us from the money of Allah, may god bless Abdullah".
During Eid Al Fitr, the emirate of Abu Dhabi hosts artistic performances and various entertainment activities such as the traditional music and dances performances like "Al Harbya" and "Al Ayalah" spreading a welcoming and happiness to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.
You can visit the tourist destinations in Abu Dhabi such as parks, beaches, museums, forts and castles and shopping centres.
Women Preparations For Eid Al Fitr
Muslim women are keen to preserve many traditions during Eid, they decorate the houses and buy types of incenses and perfumes in addition to the needful to prepare traditional meals and sweets.
Females in general decorate their hands with artistic henna designs on the night before Eid, They also tailor traditional dresses and style their hair with the hair so-called "Akfa or Alakos", a beautiful traditional braid.
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