About the event
Eid-ul-Fitr (also known simply as Eid or Id) is celebrated on the day of the first new moon after Ramadan, and marks the end of a month of fasting. As well as celebrating the end of fasting, Muslims also express thanks to Allah for giving them strength to practise self-restraint during the previous month. It is also a time for giving to charity, wearing your best clothes, eating a celebratory meal together (in daylight, for the first time in a month!). There are special prayer services held outdoors and in mosques.
How to approach it
This is another opportunity to recognise the importance of this celebration with Muslim students at the same time as introducing Eid and Muslim traditions to other members of your class. Get students thinking about the significance of Eid and what inspiration they might draw from it. Ramadan is about devotion, abstinence and purity. Ask students, what does it mean to fast? Why do people do it? Eid celebrates the end of this observance. Here you can ask, why do people have festivals? Why do people commit to a month of fasting then mark its end with a feast? How are these two things connected? Allow students to think about how periods of commitment and festivities occur in their own lives.
Eid is the celebration at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is when Muslims spend a month fasting, praying and thinking about their devotion to God. Why do you think we celebrate after hardship?