Muslim celebrations

by Parveen

Muslims celebrate two great festivals annually: “Eid-ul-Fitr” and “Eid-ul-Adha”

The first is the great festival that follows the month of Ramadan when the fast is broken.  After Ramadan we celebrate “Eid-ul-Fitr”.  Everyone must give to the poor and thenn come together on that day to feast.  First of all we have prayers at the mosque.  Many muslims may also prepare festive meals to share, wear new clothes, visit relatives and give presents or money to children.

The second celebration is about two months later during the month of “Zil-Hajj” which is after Hajj (a period of prayer).  When we celebrate “Eid-ul-Adha” [also known as the solemn festival because ] an animal is sacrificed in commemoration of the sacrifice of Abraham’s son.  Sheep, cows or goats are sacrificed and the meat is shared with family, friends and the poor.  Before the animal is sacrificed, prayers are said.

I live in Musselburgh with my husband. We celebrate these festivals here. First my husband goes to the mosque to pray. I pray at home after this I make some special food. My whole family live in Pakistan, so everybody calls me and I call them back.

 

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Date last modified: Mon 9th December 2013