Thursday, August 8, 2013

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr!

 Hello Readers!

     August 8, 2013 is Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan.  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calender, and it is observed by Muslims around the world through fasting, charitable acts, and prayer.  Eid al Fitr translates to "festival of breaking of the fast." and always falls on the first day of Shawwal, the beginning of the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.  This is one of the most special and joyous holidays of the year, and it is meant to be a day of celebration.

     Eid al-Fitr or as it's known in Indonesia,  Idul Fitri or Lebaran, traditionally begins with people gathering to perform the Eid prayer often followed by charitable donations.  This day is also seen as a time of atonement, with many visting relatives to ask forgiveness.  Last year, around 30 million Indonesians traveled to their home towns to spend that time with their families (known as puland kampung).  

Many families will have a special Lebaran meal consisting of traditional dishes such as ketupatopor ayamrendang, and sayur lodeh.  In addition to these main dishes, cookies, cakes, and candies are served.  The cakes from Euforia - the Thousand Layer Cake and the Triple Delight Cake -  are an example of the traditional Indonesian cakes that are commonly prepared for the holiday dinner. 

     This holiday is a joyous occasion for millions of people around the world, a day of tradition and celebration.  We hope all of our readers who observe this day have a safe and lovely day. 

Selamat Idul Fitri! (Happy Eid!)