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23-07-2014, 14:56

Tajikistan to Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on July 28


Avesta.Tj | 23.07.2014 | Tajikistan will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on July 28, the Islamic Center of Tajikistan announced.


Festive prayer on occasion of the end of the holy month of Ramadan will be performed at 7 a.m. at all mosques of the country.


Eid-al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the month of Ramadan (fasting month). Fitr means "to break” and it therefore marks the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits.


Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal (the tenth month of the Islamic calendar), following the month of Ramadan (month of fasting). Based on the lunar calendar, Muslims mark the beginning of the month with the sighting of the new crescent.


The month long fasting of Ramadan culminates into the festival of Eid-al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). It is a festival of joy, family reunion and thanksgiving to Almighty God. The giving of a special charity for this occasion is obligatory. This is known as Zakat. Muslims attend a special community prayer in the morning and visit friends and relatives. Greetings of "Eid Mubarak” or "A Blessed Eid” are exchanged.


A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.


Eid-al-Fitr is the major holiday celebrated by all Muslims of the world. Most Muslims celebrate Eid for at three days.