This week sees Ramadan draw to a close, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr (also known as Eid ul-Fitr), with Muslims all over the world celebrating.
Eid marks the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset, as well as spiritual reflection and prayer. During Eid, one of the most common things you’ll hear people say to one another is “Eid Mubarak!” This literally means “blessed Eid” and is a way of expressing celebration. You might also hear “Eid sa’id” which means “happy Eid”.
What Is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-fitr begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky.
It is an important celebration that happens at the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr means ‘The Festival of Breaking of the Fast’. Muslim people celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for helping them to be strong enough to fast.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a religious festival celebrated by Muslim people, which lasts for 29 or 30 days. Muslim people believe that Ramadan is a time to remember when the Qur’an was given to Muhammad (PBUH). It is a time when Muslim people:
• go to the mosque more often to pray;
• read the Qur’an more regularly;
• do good deeds, such as giving money to charity;
• fast during daylight hours.
During Ramadan, fasting means that Muslim people do not eat between sunrise and sunset.
The Five Pillars of Islam
These are the five things you must remember to be a good Muslim:
1. Shahada: Faith
2. Salat: Prayer, five times a day
3. Zakat: Charity
4. Sawm: Fasting
5. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr lasts for three days. People celebrate with their families by decorating their homes inside and out, praying, sharing special meals.
Why not have a look at the following websites to find out more about Eid and how it is celebrated around the world.
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A few facts:-
The BBC Bitesize website has released some online lessons. The topics are split into individual lessons and there are lessons suitable for both KS1 and KS2. They are really informative and are definitely worth a look.
Religious Education is such an important subject and teaches understanding, values, acceptance and respect to help achieve a cohesive and compassionate society.
Below are some links you can use at home to explore different topics.
A very informative site aimed at children in Key Stage 1. It has a series of short animated films teaching children about different religions.
Aimed at Key Stage 2 children this site has videos about different religions and includes information about traditions, beliefs and festivals.
This is the link for the BBC Teach YouTube site. It is aimed towards Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and shows videos about different religions.
We are forever sharing learning resources on our Twitter page @WombwellParkSt
Check it out for some fantastic RE activities, as well as activities for other subject areas.
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