Eid ul-Fitr, the festival of joy, peace and brotherhood is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan and marks the end of the fasting period with the sighting of the new moon on the last day of Ramadan. After a long month of fasting, Muslims across the world rejoice on this joyous occasion. In India, Eid is on July 7th, 2016. As per the Islamic calendar, Ramadan falls in the ninth month and Eid is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal in the tenth month. It is believed that fasting during Ramadan will bring people close to Allah and will absolve them of their past sins if they fast with absolute faith.
The month of Ramadan isn’t just about abstaining from food and drink but also from evil actions and thoughts. It is about fostering unity, brotherhood and being more considerate towards the downtrodden. Every Muslim is expected to pay Zakt-al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan to the impoverished. It can be in the form of food items like wheat, dates, barley etc or in the form of cash.
On the occasion of Eid, Muslims wear new clothes, offer morning prayers, and revel with their friends and family. They exchange presents and gorge on all sorts of delectable food like sheer khurma and seviyan. The date for Eid is usually based on the sighting of the new moon and that varies in different parts of the world. In some countries, Eid will fall on July 7th and according to the Islamic calendar, holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so a few people will celebrate it on July 6th.
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