by Jorjani S. Sinsuat

Annually, over 1 Billion Muslims all over the world congregate and celebrate an occasion known as the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” or “Eid’l Fitr” in Arabic. This festivity marks the end of a month-long fasting during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadhan. But what makes Eid’l Fitr so special? And how do Muslims celebrate this feast in today’s unpredictable world?

            Eid’l Fitr is a special get-together of families, friends and communities celebrating the end of Ramadhan. Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic Hijrah Calendar and is believed to be the month of blessings, mercy and worship. This blessed month also happens to be the month where the revelation of the Islamic Noble Qur’an took place. These are the reasons why Muslims are in elation every time Ramadhan comes in.

            Yesterday, June 25, Muslims in the Philippines and other neighbouring countries celebrated Eid and this is determined by its lunar cycle of which the moon becomes the basis of the declaring the culmination of the month-long Ramadhan. Thus, the dates of Eid’l Fitr may vary depending on the moon sighting of the different geographical regions.

            In Muslim-majority countries, Eid’l Fitr is declared as a national holiday reaching three days for its celebration. The Philippines, who holds a significant amount of Muslim citizens, also declared a national holiday for the said occasion.

            If you’re confused on the difference between Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha, then it’s simple difference is about the essence of why they are celebrated. Eid’l Adha or translated as “Feast of Sacrifice” honors Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of his own son Ishmael as part of his will to follow God’s command.

            You can greet your Muslim friends by saying “Eid Mubarak” or a Blessed Eid. It’s a tough time for the Muslim world and it’s refreshing to see their communities in a festive atmosphere because of occasions like this.

Jorjani is the incumbent club president of SALAM – The Ateneo Muslim Society in Ateneo de Davao University. He is also an active leader in PIGLASAPAT.