After the moon-sighting event of yesterday, it was declared by the Jummah Mosque of Mauritius that Eid will be celebrated on Tuesday the 29th of July on the island.
Determination of Eid-ul-Fitr
The Eid-ul-Fitr festival, one of the two festivals of Muslims, is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan which is spent fasting everyday from dawn to dusk. The Islamic calendar is determined by the phases of the moon. Hence, Eid is only celebrated when the new moon crescent is viewed. As a consequence, other countries around the world, like parts of Australia, the UK, KSA, amongst others, are celebrating Eid today on the 28th of July, since the new moon crescent was made visible in those regions of the Earth.
On the night following the 29th day of Ramadan, Muslims look out for the new moon. If it is seen, the following day will be Eid; that will be the 1st of the next month of the Islamic calendar known as Shawwal. If the moon is not seen, Muslims are to fast yet another day to complete 30 days of the month of Ramadan, and thereafter celebrate Eid on the following day to come. The number of days in an Islamic month depends on the sight of the moon: hence, all months can be either 29 or 30 days.
After sunset today, brace yourselves for Eid wishes!
Today, Mauritians are eagerly awaiting for dusk to finally spread the greetings for Eid. After sunset today, “Eid Mubarak” (Have a blessed Eid) and “Eid Sa’eed” (Happy eid) wishes will flood Muslims households, and not to forget online social networks.
The celebration of Eid
The celebrations start right after sunset, after the moon is sighted. From there on, Muslims begin wishing each other a happy Eid. Women spend the night applying henna, and they all complete the last-minute preparations.
On the day of Eid, Muslims, both men and women, go out for the Eid prayer, wearing brand-new clothes and other adornments. Generally, the prayer is done out in the open air, provided the weather is good; otherwise, it is done in mosques. It is recommended for them to leave the house after having taken a bath, and eaten an odd number of dates, which is considered as one of the best of foods of Muslims.
After the Eid prayer, the Imam (the one leading the prayer) gives out a sermon to the people present. When the prayer and sermon are done, the people wish each other, and visit family, relatives, and friends, spending the day eating good food and sharing gifts with the ones they love.
After the blessed month of Ramadan, which is considered as both physical and spiritual training, Muslims are now better equipped to go through usual daily life.