Eid means "festivity" in Arabic. Eid is celebrated after the sighting of the new crescent on the previous evening. It is on this day that the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims celebrate the joyous holiday called Eid ul-Fitr, “the Festival of Fast Breaking”. On this day Muslims celebrate a month-long achievement which was performed for the sole purpose of pleasing and serving Allah.
For a Muslim, Eid is a day of thanksgiving. On the day of Eid, fasting is forbidden since this day marks the end of the month-long fast. In the morning of Eid, Muslims are encouraged to enjoy a sweet snack such as dates. Other practices on this special day include bathing and adorning oneself in new or one’s best clothes. Muslims celebrate Eid by expressing thanks to Allah by means of distributing alms among the poor and needy and offering special prayers. On this day, gifts are also given to children and loved ones. Eid ul-Fitr is the first of two holidays in Islam. The second holiday is called Eid ul-Adha and falls on the 10th day of Thul Hijjah, which is the 12th month and occurs during the Hajj
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