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.
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.
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.