EID ACROSS THE GLOBE

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Published on May 08, 2018 with No Comments

Breathtaking scenes across the world as Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadhan.

Words GRACE OOI

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Brunei Darussalam. Credit(s): Information Department Brunei

 

The Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated in many parts of the world 14 June or 15 June this year. It marks the beginning of Syawwal and the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadhan, where practising Muslims abstain from consuming food and drinks from sunrise to sunset. The timing of Eid is based on the Islamic lunar calendar and the sighting of the new moon of Syawwal, hence why celebrations vary from country to country and why both Ramadhan and Eid “change” through the Gregorian calendar from year to year.

Eid ul Fitr is one of two Eid festivals observed by the Muslim faithful. The second, Eid ul Adha, comes at the climax of the Hajj, the sacred journey to Makkah.

Worldwide, the Eid ul Fitr celebrations begin with Muslims performing a special Eid prayer in congregation. In major cities, mosques will be overflowing with the crowd, with worshippers sometimes filling the streets. In places where mosques cannot accommodate the congregation, the prayer is often conducted in open spaces, such as a football stadium or an open field.

Traditional greetings during the Islamic holiday begin with Eid Mubarak, which means “Blessed Eid.” Another greeting, “taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum (May Allah accept (this worship) from us and from you)” follows the congratulatory greeting Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) companions would say to one another on the occasion of Eid.

China
Muslims in Beijing gather at the city’s Niujie Mosque, the nation’s oldest and largest mosque, for Eid prayer. There are more than 21 million Muslims in China.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Shanghai 3x weekly.

Brunei Darussalam
The ‘open house’ at Istana Nurul Iman is one that many Bruneians look forward to as they get to meet His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and other members of the Royal Family.

Australia
Eid celebrations in Australia are sometimes delayed to take advantage of the weekends and held in parks or public spaces to allow the Muslims and the wider Australian community to join on the celebrations.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily.

United Kingdom
In Western countries, like the UK, it’s common to sometimes give away treats and snacks on Eid morning as a way of sharing the joy of the day.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai.

Thailand
Muslims in Thailand observe Eid in their traditional best and spend time with families and friends after the Eid prayer.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Bangkok 6x weekly.

Indonesia
In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Eid prayers are often performed in public spaces when mosques cannot accommodate the burgeoning crowd that return to their homelands and villages to observe Eid.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Jakarta 6x weekly, Surabaya 4x weekly and Bali 5x weekly.

Saudi Arabia
Locals are joined by those performing their Umrah (minor pilgrimage) as they perform Eid prayers at the Haram Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Jeddah 2x weekly.

Malaysia
“Open house” is a unique tradition in Malaysia, where Muslims open their homes to welcome everyone to join in the celebrations.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily and Kota Kinabalu 12x weekly.

Singapore
Kampong Glam in Singapore truly comes alive during Ramadan leading up to Eid ul Fitr, where last minute shopping for food and clothes can last till the wee hours.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Singapore 2x daily.

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