Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

On August 30, 2011


Eid al-Fitr (also known as Eid ul-Fitr) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of three-day feast.  It is a busy time for mosques with worshipers flocking for early morning prayers. Many Muslims dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations.

Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise and give thanks to God.

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