Islamic Holidays and Observances
'Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-Breaking
The celebration at the end of Ramadan is called
'Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). It is a joyous occasion,
similar to Christmas in its celebration but with strong religious
significance. The giving of a special charity for this occasion is
obligatory. Muslims dress in holiday attire, attend a special community
prayer in the morning, and visit friends and relatives. Greetings of
"'Eid mubarak," or "a blessed 'Eid" are exchanged. In some places,
children are given gifts or money by their parents and relatives.
The celebration of 'Eid-ul-Fitr lasts three days, although the main festivities
occur on the first day. In Fort Collins, Muslims gather in a community center
for prayer and a community breakfast. Students and workers of all ages take
time off from school and work whenever possible. Muslims in the United States
are trying to gain recognition of 'Eid-ul-Fitr, one of their two main
festivals, as an official holiday.