Eid-ul-Fitr is a time of celebration for Muslims all around the world. The festive aura felt throughout the Holy month of Ramazan reaches its peak on the sighting of the crescent moon that marks the first day of Eid.
Muslims in every corner of the world dress up in new clothes, exchange gifts and spend time with family and friends. However, with over 2 billion Muslims in the world, there are bound to be some unique traditions for the holy festival.
Here’s how Eid is celebrated in different countries.
Eid in Malaysia is not only between family and friends. In fact, people open up their houses for everyone regardless of status or religion and invite them to enjoy a traditional meal such as Ketupat, Kuih Raya, Lemang, rending among other popular dishes. Locals also decorate their houses with oil lamps and people living elsewhere travel to their hometown to spend the holiday at home.
A unique Eid tradition in Saudi Arabia is that the locals leave large amounts of rice and other food items at the doors of the less fortunate on the occasion. This is done anonymously, which makes the tradition ever so heartwarming.
Muslims in Indonesia celebrate Eid by banging drums and lighting up firecrackers in the streets on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr also known as Lebaran. Many people bake a traditional thousand layered cake called Lapis Legit to share with friends and family. Indonesians on Eid ask friends and relatives for forgiveness in a tradition called Halal Bihalal.
Eid in Turkey is known as Seker Bayram, which means Sugar Feast. Children receive loads of Turkish delights from elders, and in return they convey Bayram greetings. Younger people show respect to the elderly by kissing their hand and placing it on their foreheads.
Much like Pakistanis who flock to the beaches on Eid, Locals in Egypt visit gardens and zoos on the holiday. One of the most popular attractions for families and children in the Giza Zoo, which is home to many endangered species.