Eid al-Fitr or in my place it is spelled aidil fitri and no matter how it’s spelled or pronounced, Eid al-Fitr means the festival of fast-breaking for Muslims after we had successfully completed a month of a strict fast and participate in pious activities in Ramadhan.
Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Syawal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. Those typical events that occur on Eid al-Fitr are to gather early in the morning in mosques to perform the Eid prayer which consists of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer and then after the that, we usually scatter to visit various family and friends. Is eid al-fitr is all about that?
When I was a young kid, yes, I did believe that eid al-fitr means the festival of fast-breaking which also means that I’ll get new clothes and there’ll be delicious dishes that will only be served on eid such as rendang, ketupat and lemang ( those are typical Malaysian food for eid ) but now that I’m growing older, I don’t think that’s the correct definition of eid al-fitr or at least that’s not the only reason why we celebrate eid. Ramadhan is a very special month of the year but why when it comes to an end, we celebrate it? Logically, we had to be sad, right?