Eid 2013: Millions Celebrate Around the World

For the past holy month of Ramadan, observant Muslims have refrained from eating or drinking anything from dawn to sunset in a show of spiritual devotion. But after this event are festivals.

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The two main festivals of Eid are called Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha. The Islamic festival of Eid-Al-Fitr (the festival of fast breaking, it marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan – the annual period of fasting. It is a traditionally celebrated with prayers, festive decorations, visits with family and friends, new clothes, charitable donations, and sweet treats. Families cook special foods and young kids receive pocket money. It is a time of thanksgiving and celebration featuring much merriment and joy.

Eid-Al-Adha (the festival of sacrifice) marks the completion of the Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s most sacred city. It’s celebrated by sharing meat-based dishes with family and friends and giving to the poor. This year it takes place in late November and lasts for three days.

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Muslims all over the world have begun to celebrate the Eid-Al-Fitr. Though there was some talk about the date due to the tradition of moon sighting to mark the Shawwal moon, most began celebrating it yesterday, August 8.

Eid Mubarak!

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