‘Id Al-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr (Arabic for “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast”) is one of Islam’s two major festivals.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is a time of celebration and thankfulness to God for the self-control practiced during Ramadan.
Rituals and practices of ‘Id al-Fitr are characterized by joyfulness, togetherness and thankfulness. They include the following:
- communal (mosque) prayer at dawn on the first day
- social gatherings and official receptions
- eating sweets
- wearing new clothes
- visiting graves of family
- the greeting ‘Id Mabarak (“May God make it a blessed feast”).