Ramazan Bayrami in Azerbaijan
Ramazan Bayrami in Azerbaijan, also known as Ramadan Holiday, the festival of Eid al-Fitr or the festival of fast-breaking, is a significant religious festival. Celebrated by Muslims worldwide, it marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and first took place in 624 CE after the Prophet Muhammad and his followers won the battle of Jang-e-Badar.
The date of Ramazan Bayrami is based on the lunar calendar and thus changes each year. It can also slightly differ depending on the part of the world in which its observers live. The festival starts after sunset on the last day of Ramadan and continues until the evening of the following day. Two days off of work are officially granted to celebrate the Ramadan holiday in Azerbaijan.
During Ramazan Bayrami, people gather in mosques to pray and to listen to sermons in which imams beseech God for worldwide peace, mercy and forgiveness. Families and friends come together to feast, and young children receive small gifts, sweets and money from their relatives. It is obligatory to donate a monetary donation to the poor so that they may also celebrate, with the size of this gift based on the wealth of each family.
On Ramazan Bayrami in Azerbaijan, people greet each other by saying, "Ramazan Bayraminiz Mubarek" (May your holiday be blessed). It is also common to say "Eid Mubarak" or "Eid Saeed" (Have a blessed Eid).