Eid ul

Mayanmar Eid Celebration

For Burmese Muslims, Eid ul-Fitr remains for just one day. They call this day as Eid Nei’ where Nei’ means day. They also call it Eid Ka Lay or Shai Mai Eid where Ka Lay means small and Shai Mai means a meal comprising of sweet vermicelli, which they serve with coconut shreds, milk, fried cashews and raisins. Burmese Muslims eat all these food items during Eid. Burmese Muslims majorly follow Sunni Islam’s Hanafi School of law. During Ramadan, Burmese Muslim young people organize some singing teams, which they call Jago in Hindi and Urdu. It means “wake up”.

These Jago teams generally do not make use of musical instruments other than harmonica mouth organ, which they use on some occasions. These young people walk throughout neighbourhoods before sun rises in morning so that their fellow Muslims can wake up for Suhoor a pre-dawn meal. It prevents fasting day. Singers roam around in groups singing on tunes of Hindi popular movie songs, replacing their invocations and lyrics about fasting with Burmese. These songs also include don’ts and do’s of Islam with Salaat’s benefits. You can also call these songs as Qawwali; they are famous in Pakistan and India.

Sometimes on Eid day, these groups also visit some Muslim homes, where they receive food along with monetary donation for their team in form of Duit Raya or Eidi. Though Eid ul-Fitr in Burma/Myanmar is not one public holiday but employers understands this festival’s importance for their Muslim staff hence they usually and willingly oblige them days off. Some of these Muslim staff can even take a time off in their office hours for visiting their colleagues at home. Other non-Muslim colleagues usually accompany them. As in Burma there are more than one Islamic authorities making official decisions for moon-sighting.

This makes it difficult sometimes to reach an agreement on starting and ending of Ramadan. Frequent results of this are people living in small villages and towns celebrate Eid on differing days.

Eid al-Adha famous as “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” in Burma/Myanmar is public holiday. People celebrate this event annually on tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah month as per astral Islamic calendar. Unlike other Muslim countries, which celebrate this festival for three days, in Burma it is only one day celebration. During both these Eids, traditional greeting that one hardly ever heard is just a general Islamic greeting like Eid Mubarak and Assalmualaikum. This greeting comes before placing right hand at forehead as if saluting a person. There are no shake hands and formal embrace is rarely included.

Muslim people often give food and gifts to their elder relatives. They give gifts to their non-Muslim employers and even government authorities. Traditionally Muslims give new clothes to coworkers and family members but elder Burmese Muslims give their children Eidi gifts. Children receive small amount of cash from even strangers particularly if these children went around their neighbourhoods by making groups for just collecting Eidi. It is a common practice for young people and children when they go around giving greetings like “salaam” to their parents and elders living in their community. During Eid, Muslims living in Burma ask for forgiveness from their parents, elders and even themselves.

They try to forget and forgive any misunderstandings amongst each other. Sometimes Muslims in Burma/Myanmar perform or pray Eid salah or Eid Namaz at Eidgah in outdoor open spaces. Typically Muslim women in Burma does not attend mosque or come with their men at Eidgah. Burmese Muslims decorate homes with lamps, lights. They send Eid cards and now e-cards through internet. Religious authorities advise adults and children to celebrate this religious festival without fireworks and firecrackers.

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