What is Eid Mubarak?
Eid Mubarak is a phrase used as a greeting by Muslims used in Islamic religious festivals Eid Al-Adha (feast of sacrifice wherein the faith of Abraham was shown through his willingness to sacrifice his son to God, after which God accepted a sacrifice of a ram instead) and Eid Ul-Fitr or end of Ramadan (the holy month of fasting for Muslims, wherein religious devotion is shown through long hours of prayer and abstaining from food, drinks and sexual intercourse). Eid Mubarak literally means ‘blessed festival’ and this is usually uttered to fellow Muslims as a means of greeting and well wishing, usually done after Eid prayers.
When someone greets a fellow ‘Eid Mubarak!’ the fellow will usually respond ‘Allah yubarak feek!’ which in turn means ‘may Allah also bless you.’ During these festivals, Muslims usually wear their finery, visit relatives and friends, prepare feasts and exchange gifts. Donations are also given by those who can afford it to the needy. The greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’, during this time, is also commonly used in greeting cards, posters, public service announcements etc.