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EID al-FITR
Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr (also written and pronounced as Eid-ul-Fitr) is the first of two Eids of the Islamic (lunar) calendar year. It rounds off the month of Ramadan, which Muslims observe every year to acknowledge Allah’s revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. This Eid comes after the holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims will not eat or drink during the daytime for a 29- or 30-day period. It’s part of Sawm (fasting) commitment, one of the five pillars of Islam. The holiday is all about the breaking of the dawn-to-dusk fast and is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal (the 10th month). The exact date is never certain far in advance, as religious authorities in various countries rely on the sighting of the Eid cr
Ramadan in Islam
1- What is Ramadan? Ramadan in Islam is the ninth month of the lunar calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of a new moon. For Muslims Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer (Salāt) in the mosque, and reading of the holy Qur’an. 2- What do Muslims do in Ramadan? Ramadan is the month of fasting. Fasting is known as the obligation to refrain between dawn and dusk from eating, drinking, sexual activity, and from all forms of immoral behaviour, including impure or unkind thoughts. Thus, false words or bad deeds or intentions are as destructive to a fast as is eating or drinking. 3- Fasting in different religions Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions such as Islam
Persian New Year (Nowrooz)
The Persian ceremonious “seven ‘S’ item tablecloth” (Haft-Seen) To celebrate the New Year, families gather around a specially prepared holiday tablecloth to make wishes for the coming months. There are seven items on this decorative table symbolizing new life and renewal. Although the custom has evolved over the centuries and may have regional variation, at least seven basic items, each beginning with the Persian letter “S”, pronounced “Seen” are traditionally placed on the Haft-Seen table. Many of them also refer to the seven Zoroastrian immortals that guarded the sky, water, earth, fire, plants, animals and human beings in ancient Iran. The elements on the Haft-Seen table: Sib/apple: Fertility and beauty, love and kindness Somagh/sumac: Represents the color of sunrise and symboliz