Eid-Ul-Fitr

Eid-Ul-Fitr is the feast that marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting. It begins with great excitement. On the last evening of the fast, Muslims wait patiently to find out whether the following day is Eid. Once Eid day is confirmed Muslims call all their friends, families and relatives and congratulate them on a very successful fast.

Eid is a very festive day, as relatives and friends come together. Children get gifts and presents off of their family, friends and relatives. Special food and sweets are prepared and the houses are decorated and prepared for guests and relatives. This is also the last day for sending *Zakat. People also go and visit the cemetery to remember their loved ones who have departed from this world. Eid is a day of tears and joy, forgiveness and love.

*Zakah the third pillar of Islam, it is a duty for all those Muslims able and obliged (by financial situation) to pay. 2.5% of one's wealth each year to given to benefit the poor. The 2.5% rate only applies to cash, gold and silver, and commercial items. There are other rates for farm and mining produce, and for animals.

Written by Shanaz (London)