Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays celebrated by Muslims and marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when Muslims stop fasting from sunrise to sunset.
Eid al-Fitr translates to “festival of breaking of the fast” in English. Eid (also spelled Eid ul-Fitr) is one of the most important Muslim celebrations of the year.
There is a lot of confusion over how the date of Eid al-Fitr is decided, as religious authorities in each nation have the right to declare the date according to the sighting of the new moon in their region.
The date of Eid al-Fitr is determined on the sighting of the crescent moon following the new moon.
The celebrations usually begin with early morning prayers and the rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with friends and family.
Gifts are exchanged and feasting ensues during daylight hours for the first time since Ramadan began.
The food differs depending on location, there is no one meal that is served worldwide.