Today, on the first day of the tenth month (Sauwal) according to the Arabic Hijri calendar, the entire Muslim community across the country celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr by reciting special prayers (Namaz) and receiving blessings from their elders.
During this festival, the youngest of the Muslim community go to their elders for three days and receive blessings. It is customary to give sevai, dates and other sweet treats to relatives who come for blessings.
This festival is called Eid-ul-Fitr because goods are cheerfully distributed to the poor and needy. Nepali Jama Masjid Secretary Mansur Hussain informed the RSS that the schedule for Eid-ul-Fitr celebration would be decided on the last day of the ninth month according to the Arabic calendar.
Gift of two and a half percent of savings
Another notable aspect of this festival is giving alms to the poor and needy. According to Nirdosh Ali, former chairman of the Muslim National Commission, in the Muslim holy book (Quran) there is a statement that Muslims should give 2.5% of their savings within a year.
Money or goods given in this way are distributed to the poor and needy, which is called Zakat. On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, each person donates wheat or its cash equivalent according to their ability, known as Satkar Fitr. There is a rule in the Muslim scriptures that this gift should also be given to the child in the womb, and such charity is also given to the poor and needy.
This festival is celebrated after the end of the Muslim community’s month-long fast (Roza) also known as Ramadan, as it is performed to compensate for sins committed in the year. During the month-long fast, the sunset prayers are recited in the evening. The Muslim community only eats during the ninth month of Ramadan before sunrise in the morning and after sunset in the evening.
On this holiday, the Muslim community wears new clothes and visits friends and exchanges Eid greetings. On this occasion, a special prayer was said at the Nepalese Jama Masjid, Clock Tower (Ghantaghar) on Tuesday morning, Secretary Hussain said. On this occasion, the government of Nepal has also granted a nationwide public holiday today.