Eid Mubarak means "Blessed Festival". It's a way of saying "Happy Eid"
at the time of the Islamic Eid holidays.
"A phrase of greetings said among Muslims to congratulate each other
on holidays. It literally means, "Blessed Festival!" The appropriate
answer is, "Allah yubarak feek!" (May Allah bless it for you also!)"
The Islamic calendar has two major Eid festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid
al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr comes at the end of Ramadan, a time of
celebration after a period of fasting. Eid al-Adha (the Festival of
Sacrifice) is a festival of commitment and obedience to Allah.
"On these days, Muslims wish each other "Eid mubarak,"....... "Eid
mubarak" translates literally as "blessed festival," and can be
paraphrased as "May your religious holiday be blessed." This phrase
can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha."
Background information on Eid postage stamp
You might be interested in the Eid.com site which has information on
both Islamic Eid festivals. It includes this on the Eid al-Fitr:
" Coming with the new moon, the festival marks the end of 'Ramadan' -
a month when Muslims fast throughout the day and eat only at night
Prayers, feasts and family get- together are the major highlights of
the celebrations. It was during this month that the holy Koran was
revealed. Eid means recurring happiness or festivity. Eid is
celebrated in India with much enthusiasm and fervor and Muslims from
all strata of life can be seen adorned in beautiful new clothes,
visiting the mosques to attend Salatul Eid (Eid prayers). Greetings of
"Eid-Mubarak" or "a blessed Eid" are exchanged."
Eid.com home page
I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to get back to me if the
answer needs any clarification.
Regards - Leli
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