Ramadan- the Bootcamp
If you assume that the month of Ramadan is a bootcamp, then Eid is the celebration on your first day out of that bootcamp.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time to re-evaluate one’s convictions and personal conduct. It is a time to reconcile troubled relationships, give charity, find forgiveness for others, and refocus on worshipping God. Even though these acts can and should be done at all times throughout the year, this month brings about a heightened awareness. Therefore, the month of Ramadan is an intensive course in physical and spiritual fitness – the fast is a religious boot camp in a way.
Why it is hard to say goodbye to Ramadan
In Ramadan, an observer’s good deeds multiply. For example, the simple act of smiling is seen as a charity in Islam. In Ramadan, simply smiling will earn you multiple times the reward than it would outside of Ramadan!
Additionally, when the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained. Think about that for a moment- the devil is chained.
Eid- Al Fitr (The prayer and the celebration)
Eid al-Fitr (also known as just 'Eid'), occurs after the month of Ramadan is completed.
Eid al-Fitr is a big day. It is the first day after a long time that observers can finally eat in daylight. That is exactly how observers start their day- by eating a light breakfast before offering their special morning prayers. Observers dress up in fine clothing; homes are cleaned and filled with pleasant fragrances. Families gather. Gifts are exchanged. It feels, smells and tastes like Eid.
It is always sad to say goodbye to Ramadan, but Eid is such a special celebration. You can only pray that you will be part of another Ramadan in the coming year.
Hope you have a Blessed Eid.