Histories & Culture
Eid al-Fitr

Eid al- Fitr (celebration of breaking the fast) marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. It is a time for inner reflection and devotion to Allah, and self-control through fasting from dawn to sunset every day. Eid al-Fitr follows the sighting of the new moon, and signifies the end of the fast.

To celebrate the Eid, families attend prayers held for the occasion in large outdoor areas or in congregational mosques. After the prayers festivities and visits begin. Greetings of "Eid mubarak" or "a blessed Eid" are exchanged. It is a time for community, and for peace.

A very important aspect of the Eid is the charity which all the Muslims are expected to extend to the needy. Eid al-Fitr is second in importance after Eid al-Ad'ha.