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5 Ramadan and Eid al-Fitri Facts

1. Eid al Fitr

Eid Al-Fitr means the festival of breaking the Fast, which is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of Ramadan and as it is a festival, no one is permitted to fast on that day no matter how pious they are.

It is also the start of the 10th month in the Islamic calendar called Shawwal.

The way people around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr is different and it actually depends on their own culture. Some countries only celebrate it on the day after the last day of Ramadan. Some celebrate it for only a few days. While some other countries considers the festivities to continue for the whole month of Shawwal.

The only similarity for all is that there are the early morning prayers on the day of the Eid, people ask for forgiveness to everyone they meet and its the day for feasting and family gatherings.

There are also the different cultural practices for Eid such as having lanterns or colourful lights around their houses, streets and even mosques, celebrating with fire crackers and fireworks and of course a lot of food.