Flights for Eid al-Fitr Celebration
Often referred to as Eid, the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar. The majority of Muslims participate in the various celebrations that take place during this time that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Muslims around the world look forward to these annual festivities that mark the end of their 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset. In 2012, the Eid Al Fitr celebration will begin on the evening of Saturday, August 18 and will end in the evening on Sunday, August 19. The relatively short span of time will hold numerous celebrations around the world which spectators will gain a true insight into the religion of Islam.
In contrast with Ramadan, it is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid and followers are encouraged to eat a small meal before they even commence their prayers. There is a general set of rituals that are followed for Eid ranging from waking up before sunrise, showering, putting on new clothes and applying perfume to showing happiness and giving as much charity at possible. The Eid prayer is also different than the prayers that are said throughout the rest of the year. There is no call to prayer as is the ritual with the daily prayers and it is performed in open areas. The prayer is shorter and then followed by a sermon. After the prayers are complete, Muslims then go on to large celebrations held by family and friends.
The Islamic festival is celebrated differently in each Muslim nation around the world with different traditions, foods and events planned. The diverse country of South Africa is home to a unique celebration of Eid al-Fitr that many visitors are attracted to. On the last evening of Ramadan Muslims from the area will gather together to watch for the moon. At this time, the fast is broken and Muslims from all different backgrounds come together to celebrate this special time. The Day of Eid kicks off with the prayer in the morning and then celebrations with friends and family that are accompanied with gifts, plenty of food and an upbeat atmosphere. Visitors who are looking to take part in this unique celebration should look for cheap flights to Cape Town.
Booking airline tickets to Saudi Arabia is also another spectacular way of celebrating to Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The celebrations are taken very seriously here and the entire country engages in the festivities and events held for these important days marking the end of Ramadan. Homes are decorated, plentiful meals are cooked there are various generous traditions that take place. Many Saudis demonstrate generosity at this time by purchasing food staples for the less fortunate, being kind to strangers and giving out free gifts. It is a wonderful idea to book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia in order to experience this time of community and giving as it is great insight into the meaning of Islam and the holiday. Airfares are always available to this rich Arabian nation and the immersion in the unique culture is an experience in itself.