I Wish You a Blessed, Happy Eid!

Muslims in Mertoyudan Subdistrict, Magelang Regency, Central Java listening to Eid khutbah after Eid prayer. Image: Sahrudin

Muslims in Mertoyudan Subdistrict, Magelang Regency, Central Java listening to Eid khutbah after Eid prayer. Image: Sahrudin

By: Sahrudin@SahrudinSaja

EID ALFITR, or we in Indonesia called Idul Fitri, marks the breaking of fasting (iftaar) at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

This year, Eid Alfitr 1436 AH (anno hegirae) will be on Friday, July 17.

During that day, without distinction of religion, we travel around our neighborhoods, going door to door paying brief visits to relatives and friends.

At each stop, we deliver a range of Eid Alfitr greetings.

One of the most popular greeting is “minal aidzin wal faidzin.”

I don’t know what the greeting actually means, but in bahasa Indonesia, many of us often interpret it “mohon maaf lahir dan bathin”, literally “please forgive me (all my wrongdoings) inner and outer” —and we forgiving each other.

Other Arabic saying also popular in Indonesia is “Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum”, means May God accept our obedience, good deeds.

(As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, and before Muslims performing Eid prayer or shalat Ied, we collect and distribute zakat alfitr, so that poor people are able to participate in the celebration of Eid.

The word “fitr” in zakat alfitr means the same as iftaar, or breaking a fast, and it is given in the form of staple food.)

Eid Alfitr comes after the sighting of the new crescent moon on the first day of Shawwal (Syawal), the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

The first, and main thing we do in Eid Alfitr is performing Eid prayer beginning at 7 AM Western Indonesia Time.

The imam (shalat leader) lead the jamaah (prayer congregation) to perform 2 rakaat (portion of the shalat) prayer with seven takbirs (utterance of Allahu Akbar, meaning God is Great) in the first rakaat and five takbirs in the second.

In that day, we are dressed up in festive clothing.

We also decorated home several days before the feast.

Parents and elderly relatives give the children Eid Alfitr pocket money.

Coockies and drinks like tea, syrup or merely fresh water are served to welcome and treat everyone who is visiting our home.***[alwaysmagelang@gmail.com]

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