The month of Ramadan is considered to be one of the fasting months of the Islamic calendar. During this month, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn till Sunday. They break their fast by taking a bath and then have ‘O Allah’ (Allah in Arabic) as a blessing. They offer prayers to ask for the blessings of the almighty. Muslims in the Philippines to observe this tradition especially on the first day of Ramadan, which is also known as the Eid Al Fitr or The Night of Power.
What is Eid in Philippine tradition? The festival that we celebrate in the Philippines is mostly related to Islam. The believers usually start preparing for the celebration around a week before the month of Ramadan begins. They gather outside their mosques and carry out meditation sessions.
Filipino locals and even tourists, join in the prayers and feel the power that reverberates within their bodies when they do so. As a result, they feel refreshed and physically healthier. Some people also take fasting as a spiritual practice. It allows them to overcome certain psychological and emotional problems that they are going through in their lives.
Many Filipinos love to eat a lot of chicken and pork because it is considered to be their national meat. Even local fish such as tuna and other kinds of fishes are also consumed. For many, these are part of their religious beliefs and they consume them on Eid. But then there are also people who just love eating and drinking.
Other preparations for the celebration include displaying the Eid Al Fitr trademark around the necks of everyone who participates. This symbolizes the fact that they have come from Islamic countries and they should abide by Islamic law. Flags and banners with the logo of Eid Al Fitr can also be seen in most local markets. The government also encourages its citizens to fly the flag on Eid Al Fitr.
Chithi diye noy “full diye noy’’
Card diye noy “Call diye noy’’
Moner gohin theke misty SMS diye
Janai sobaike “ogrim eid er shuveccha”
May your dreams come true,
May all hopes be fulfilled.
May your sorrow fades away,
May happiness in your life be flooded.
May your life become nice and new,
Eid Mubarak is for you.
The Filipino people have a lot of traditions to follow. They even celebrate the passing of time during this time. Eid is actually the birthday of the nation and people hold celebrations and activities on this day. Eid is not only a celebration of Eid but a festival in itself. So if you are planning to go to the Philippines or anywhere in the world, you will find out that Eid Al Fitr is on every Muslim’s mind.