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Iranian traditions for Eid al-Fitr

Muslims celebrate the first days after the holy month of Ramadan, known as Eid al-Fitr.

Muslims worldwide commemorate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, by observing Eid al-Fitr rituals.

The celebration entails engaging in customary practices in accordance with the traditions unique to their regions of residence.

On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims express gratitude and show gratefulness to God for blessing them with health and resistance during Ramadan.

They wear new clothes, prepare special delicacies, do charity, and get together with their loved ones.

People of Iran, like other Muslims around the world, mark the Islamic event of Eid al-Fitr after a month of fasting.

Since Iran has lots of different ethnicities, people in each of the Iranian provinces have almost their unique traditions for every occasion, including Eid al-Fitr.

One of the most famous rituals of Eid al-Fitr is the prayer. Eid al-Fitr is one of the recommended prayers held as a congregational prayer on the morning of Eid everywhere in the country.

Other Eid al-Fitr-related traditions include observing the moon, buying and wearing new clothes, giving food and money to the poor, and paying Zakat Al-Fitr.

People in the north of Iran gather on the last night of Ramadan to have iftar with their relatives. They celebrate Eid by wearing local clothes and having their food in nature and giving out to charities.

People in the south have unique customs on Eid al-Fitr, and the Baluch and Sunni residents hold special ceremonies. Eid is of particular importance for the people of Hormozgan so they congratulate each other for 3 days. They visit graveyards and offer prayers for the deceased.

Elder people in the northwest of Iran used to go on the roofs to observe the new moon and pray after observing the moon of Shawwal.

In central parts of Iran, people fulfill their vows and give out free food as charity on the day.

The women would also bake cookies and bring them to the houses where they attended Quran recitation ceremonies during Ramadan. On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, they perform the prayer, pay a visit to their relatives who have lost their loved ones, express sympathy, and pray for the departed souls.

People in the west of the country prepare themselves for the Eid by cleaning their houses. The women make Halva, a traditional sweet, and share it with their neighbors and families.

Many couples choose Eid al-Fitr holidays for holding their wedding ceremony. On this day, reconciliation is prioritized and the elders take part in mediating to resolve any grievances and bitterness among people.

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