Islaam teaches Muslims how to celebrate the `Eeds. On these days, the Muslims take a bath and wear their best clothes.
Even though fasting is not permitted on the `Eed days, yet, the major part of the celebration is not eating or drinking - rather, it is a prayer that brings Muslims together to remember Allaah's bounties and celebrate His glory and greatness.
The `Eeds and their celebration in Islaam carry a distinctive meaning and spirit. They are totally different from the celebrations in other nations and cultures.
For other nations, a holiday is a chance to immerse in worldly pleasures, or to involve oneself in prohibited acts to the utmost. Not so for Muslims!
For Muslims, the `Eed is an occasion to increase in good deeds. Each `Eed marks the conclusion of an important worship, and the determination to continue in obedience and submission to Allaah (SWT).
In moments of extreme pleasure or sadness, a Muslim never forgets his Lord's greatness, might, glory, and watchfulness (SWT). A Muslim's actions are always controlled by this continued remembrance and awareness.
Thus the `Eed is not an occasion to take a vacation from Islaamic responsibilities and commitments, nor to waste time and money in extravagance. It is not "fun for the sake of fun". Rather, it is controlled and directed rejoicing that is of ultimate and definite benefit for the Muslim.
The `Eed is a chance to multiply good deeds by bringing happiness and pleasure to the hearts of other Muslims, by helping and supporting the poor and needy, and by getting involved in pastimes that emphasize the strong and serious Islaamic character.