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Eid al-Fitr, colloquially known as 'The Festival of Breaking the Fast', is a significant event in the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide. This celebratory observance concludes the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. This period of fasting is a time of self-discipline and introspection, honouring the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Eid al-Fitr is an occasion that embodies joy, gratitude, and unity. Traditionally, it involves communal prayers, gift-giving, and special meals, with a focus on charity and good deeds, all essential aspects of the Islamic faith.
Historically, Eid al-Fitr was established by the Prophet Muhammad - narrated to have been introduced after the journey to Medina. The relevance of this festival in Canada reflects the pluralistic fabric of the society, with Muslims comprising over 3% of the total population. As such, Eid al-Fitr fosters appreciation for religious diversity and encourages mutual respect among different faiths. It offers a platform for Muslims to share Islamic traditions with others, and equally, it gives non-Muslims an understanding of Islamic culture. Commemoration events, like community iftars (the meal eaten to break the fast) during Ramadan, often open to the public, exemplify this spirit of cultural exchange.
Eid al-Fitr is observed in Canada with a blend of traditional and local practices. Large congregational prayers are a common sight in mosques, parks, and Islamic centres across the country. Many Muslims also give to charity during this time, encompassing the Islamic principle of Zakat. Additionally, family gatherings, exchange of gifts, and traditional meals enrich the festival's celebrations. The date of observance is contingent on the lunar Islamic calendar, and it varies from year to year, typically observed globally and in Canada at the same time. The specific date is determined by the sighting of the new moon, signalling the end of Ramadan.
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