09 Feb Albania End of Ramadan-Eid al-Fitr
End of Ramadan-Eid al-Fitr Observed in The Country of Albania
End of Ramadan-Eid al-Fitr
The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is one with ancient origins. It is traditionally seen as a festival to mark the migration of Mohammad from Mecca to Medina, and also to signify the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which time all devout Muslims will fast. It is also seen as the completion of Mohammad’s having received the Qu’ran, and officially begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon.
Albania is a Muslim majority country with around 70% of the population practicing Muslims, and one of the most exciting national holidays each years is the End of Ramadan or Eid al-Fitr. Noted as the Festival of Fast Breaking it is the official end of the month of Ramadan, during which time almost all Muslims fast during daylight hours.
Eid al-Fitr is itself not a single day but a three day event, with the first morning being a time of great celebration. Muslims gather at their mosques to listen to a special sermon and make special prayers. There is often a sense of great accomplishment because of the self-control, introspection and faith that has been experienced throughout the month.
As the leader of the Albanian Muslim Community said in a 2017 interview, “The holiday of Eid al-Fitr is the relief of soul, it is the inner satisfaction that derives from the hope of fulfilling the worship and receiving the forgiveness of Allah.” Gathering together on the first morning of the holiday is viewed as one of the most significant celebrations of Albanian Muslims.
Following prayers and public gatherings, most then spend the days of Eid al-Fitr visiting with friends to enjoy meals and celebrations. Albanians call the holiday the Bajrami i Madh or Great Bajram in addition to Eid al-Fitr, it is also viewed as a day of caring for the poor and remembrance of those who have passed.