Muslims around the world observed and celebrated the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, rejuvenation, service and renewed commitment to faith. Eid-ul-Fitr (Id-Al-Fitr) or “Festival of Renewal” or “Holiday/Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebrations took place in various Muslim communities. Families enjoyed communal prayers, food, fellowship, games and gifts for the children and much more. Eid celebrations can take place over a three-day period. The greeting, “Eid Mubarak,” means “Blessed feast, festival, or celebration.”
Nearly two billion Muslims around the world enjoyed and celebrated Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar calendar.
Ramadan is a month in which Muslims celebrate the Revelation of The Holy Qur’an, the Islamic scriptural text, through daily readings, heightened prayer, acts of kindness such as feeding of the poor or less fortunate, and charity. The month culminates, in its last 10 days through observation of the Night of Power or Majesty (Laila-tul-Qadr).
Ramadan is a month of celebration in which children receive gifts, families and community fellowship. The breaking of the daily fast is called iftar.
Eid-ul-Fitr is one of two large celebrations in Islam, the other being Eid-ul- Adha or “Feast of the Sacrafice,” which marks the culmination of the hajj (pilgrimage) rites in Saudi Arabia but is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world and will take place in July.