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Contrast between the way muslims celebrate Eid in Pakistan and UK

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Eid is an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Fitr means "to break the fast" and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family is awake very early and then after praying the first normal everyday prayer, is required to eat some thing sweet, symbolizing the end of Ramadan. They then attend special congregational prayers which are short, and are followed by a "Khutba" (Sermon) . Worshippers greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace and love after the congregational prayer. After the special prayers festivities and merriment will be commonly observed with visits to the homes of relatives and friends in thanking God for all blessings. Eid is a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties. This is a time for peace for all Muslims in the world to devote to prayers and mutual well-being. This essay aims explore the way Muslims celebrate this festival in two different countries: Pakistan and UK. ...read more.


After the prayers, the congregation is dispersed and the Muslims meet and greet each other, family members, children, elders, friends and others. Some Muslims especially go to graveyards to pray for the departed and convey their salam (peace). Usually, children visit their parents and other family elders to pay respects and greet. Special arrangements are made for the family/friends to visit each other to greet on this special occasion. They even exchange gifts, pay charity to needy and enjoy. One of the special dishes in Pakistan is savayya, a dish of fine, toasted vermicelli noodles . Elder family members give Eidi (small amount of money or gifts) to children. After meeting friends and relatives, some people go for joyous parties, feasts, special carnivals and parks (with picnics, fireworks, etc.). In Pakistan, many bazaars, malls, and restaurants get crowded with people. Some people also avail this opportunity to distribute Zakat, the obligatory tax on ones wealth, to the needy. In this way, the Muslims in Pakistan celebrate their Eid ul-Fitr by thanking God Almighty and bringing their family, friends and the poor and needy closer together. ...read more.


all due to the importance of their job in terms of the family's financial situation or in terms of importance to the company itself, though this does not generally occur due to being denied the time off work as this goes against religious freedom laws in both nations. Muslims in UK come from all parts of the world, one particular type of food cannot be identified as served on this day. Many Muslim families visit the homes of others to congregate on a day of celebration. to sum up I would say Eid ul-Fitr is a joyful celebration of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims here are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking God for the help and strength that they believe He gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control. although this event has its own traditional ways in which it should be celebrated but different people celebrate it in different ways according to the ways there geographical place and country allows them to do. ?? ?? ?? ?? X:\My Documents\Hassan.doc ...read more.

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