From wrestling to the procession of sultans: how to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in different countries

Eid al-Fitr is a celebration for all Muslims and according to Islamic doctrine is its inherent attributes that never change, like paying zakat, performing prayer in the early morning, happy time with family and friends. However, Nations differ from one another, they belong to different cultures and civilizations, because in each country, the holiday at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan is celebrated in its own way. It is dedicated to our material.

Comoros. Wrestling

In the Comoros Eid al-Fitr is associated with the sports, particularly wrestling. With the arrival of the holiday, the islanders hold competitions between fighters from different regions, they compete for the championship Cup of wrestling at the level of the three Islands that comprise the state: Ngazidja, Ndzouani and Mwali. These competitions are held during all three holidays and attracts many people, both men and women.


In the Comoros Eid al-Fitr is accompanied by the execution of the custom of “handshaking”, this is one of the most famous customs of the Islands associated with the celebration of the end of Ramadan, when Muslims congratulate their relatives and friends, asking: “You gave so-and-so?”, keeping in mind that congratulated whether they are an individual with a holiday.

In addition, Eid al-Fitr is a unique opportunity for social events, marriage or engagement. During the feast of the heads of families to allow their daughters to leave the house that is not allowed on other days during the year. In the Comoros, unmarried girls are forbidden to go from the father’s house unaccompanied, the exceptions are two cases: holiday and marriage.

Somalia. The kindling of lights

The celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Somalia is characterized by: people are waiting until the sky will be a Crescent, and then kindle the lights, that is, doing everything the same as in the beginning of the month of Ramadan, and after the morning prayer, visiting family and friends. Very often, sacrifices, and already cooked meat distributed to relatives and the poor.


Nigeria. Procession of sultans

In woodland and villages, Nigerian Muslims prefer to wear the same clothes and pray under the open sky surrounded by trees in a lovely atmosphere. The hallmark of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Nigeria, as we know, are the processions of princes and sultans. These wonderful procession looking forward to both Muslims and non-Muslims in the country. They stand at the roadside to watch the procession that was attended by the Prince of the city, the Minister and his colleagues, along with a group of performers who entertained the Prince on the way to the mosque with the help of folk verses and songs.


Ethiopia. Free transport

That is typical for Ethiopia compared to other African and Islamic countries is the provision of free vehicles for the transport of believers to places of worship in all regions of the country. In addition, the prayer performed there as well as in other Muslim countries — in urban areas.

Among the well-known Ethiopian dishes, which are prepared in the occasion, you can select “al-mufu” is preferred by villagers, while the traditional drink is “abashi”. Also on the first day of the festival, some Muslims perform the sacrifice.

Malaysia. Tables of Ministers

Eid al-Fitr is one of the biggest holidays in Malaysia, the language of the local people it’s called “Hari Raya”. For Malaysians, this festival gives a chance to return to the village and meet with parents. Often, many followers of other religions convert to Islam during Ramadan celebrations and prayers, so Malaysians believe that this festival attracts the non-Muslim population.

The celebration of Eid al-Fitr is not limited to the participation of some Muslims. It is also attended by the representatives of other religions, such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, because this is a family holiday for all Malaysians, regardless of their religion or race.


The government of Malaysia organizes this festival is not like other countries in the Muslim world: each Ministry is allocated funds for which they served tables with treats during the festivities. Come can anyone. While you do not want the Minister to be a Muslim, this custom takes place regardless of his religion.

Organizing a potluck, Ministers meet with many people of different faiths. Of no less interest in this event shown by the foreigners.

Indonesia. Return to the village

In the state with the largest Muslim population in the world at the end of Ramadan, millions of Indonesians living in cities return to their villages to celebrate the holiday together with family. This is an annual return to their home villages and cities is an integral part of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia, and although they did not come to a unanimous opinion regarding the origins of this custom under the name of “balance”, historians believe that this is a very old custom.

In the capital, shops closed their doors, cease construction work and the rich families are forced to rely on themselves, as maids, nannies and drivers leaving the village to spend holidays.

Sudan. Group visits

Festive cooking Sudanese are not very different from the customs of other peoples of the Arab region, however, one of the most famous customs that distinguish the triumph in the Sudan, is a vivid manifestation of a sense of cohesion and solidarity. After morning prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr men in the villages go to the house of elders of the district or village, and each of them brings something special for Breakfast, and then they are sent to hospitals and nursing homes, so that they too have experienced the joy of the special occasion.


First day of the holiday men spend visiting neighbors, after dinner they go to other areas, and as celebrations of such visits is becoming more and more. Some Sudanese prefer to leave the city to the village to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the circle of a large family. Women usually bake cookies with peanuts, “haribol” and “lankshire”.

Afghanistan. The breaking of eggs

In Afghanistan during Eid al-Fitr competitions breaking eggs. These days all parks and gardens are filled with people, children buy boiled eggs and trying to break eggs to each other. In addition, eggs are usually dyed, and then bring home in large quantities.

Morocco. Henna

In Morocco, the celebrations and rituals associated more with women than with men. So, after the morning prayer women are starting to do henna on the hands and feet, for them, the henna painting is always associated with the happiest events in life.


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Also during the feast of Moroccan dishes, the most famous of which is “tackle” (fried onion), and something called “fried sticks”. In these days when the groom comes to the bride’s house, she treats it with dried fruit and nuts, such as almonds and dates.

Yemen. Kindling wood

One of the most famous holiday traditions of the Yemeni people during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, is the collection of firewood. They put them all in height to burn all night during the festival. This strange custom is an expression of sorrow Yemenis at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan and approach of ID al-Fitr. During holidays, the villagers perform sacrifices, and the meat from the sacrificed animal is distributed to neighbours and friends, though usually this is done during the feast of Eid al-Adha.


Turkey. Candy

Eid al-Fitr in Turkey is always associated with sweets and chocolate. The celebration continues for three and a half days — since the second half of the last day of Ramadan and during the first three days of Shawwal, so three and a half days is the duration of the official holidays in Turkey.

The most important element of a holiday in Turkey are sweets, candy and chocolate. You can see them in all shops and markets throughout the country. On the eve of the Turks always buy a lot of sweets, then to give them to children who traditionally visit all the neighbors congratulate them on Eid al-Fitr, shake men and women’s hands, and in return receive candy and sometimes a few lire.

Furthermore, during the holiday Turks love to visit outdoor areas and barbecue areas in public parks. In Istanbul, for example, many people prefer to leave the city, places for a relaxing holiday. Sometimes they return to their hometowns to enjoy the holiday with family.

Saudi Arabia. Stay

In Saudi Arabia during “rest” for the occasion all the family members gather together, organize joint dinners and make sacrifices, during which it is usual practice to family meetings that often turn into a game between adults and children.