Every festival is a suitable moment for our children to learn something new.
As Muslims around the world bid farewell to the fasting month of Ramadan, they also prepare for the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Celebrating Eid is going to be hard for us. The pandemic has resulted in limited prayers at mosques, canceled festivities, and restricted cross-region movement. Every festival is a suitable moment for our children to learn something new. Helping them to appreciate the culture and to learn the history behind the festivals. What should children learn about Eid al-Fitr?
Eid means celebration. Prophet Muhammad appointed two days dedicated to Eid in Hijri, the Islamic calendar. The upcoming Eid is Eid al-Fitr and the other one is Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr and celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month in the Hijri.
The festival is celebrated differently. Eid is celebrated at different times and sometimes even on different days across the globe. Take the example of India. The new moon is generally seen in India a day after it is seen in the Middle East. So, Indians get in touch with their counterparts in those countries to anticipate.
Eid is a time to come together with family and loved ones. To wish someone a happy Eid, you can simply say “Eid Mubarak”, which means you are wishing them a “blessed Eid.” People come together to enjoy everyday blessings and exchange gifts.
We can celebrate Eid virtually. The ongoing restrictions stopping many of us from visiting our elders. Muslims on different continents held their prayers at home to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Ask the children to pray together so we can celebrate Eid together under one roof.
Eid is celebrated by everyone! Eid is not celebrated by Muslims only. In multicultural countries like Indonesia, many non-Muslims greet their Muslim friends to join in the celebrations.
This is truly a celebration that will have us use our imagination this year to make it memorable for all of us. Salam.