Muslims Throughout the World Celebrate Eid al-Fitr
When the sun goes down on April 20, Muslims throughout the world will gaze up to see a crescent of faint white light—the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan painted in the night sky.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Arabic lunar calendar, beginning and concluding with the new moon. Muslims believe that was when the first passages of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a millennium ago. Muslims refrain from eating, drink, and vices like as gossip and lying from dawn until sunset. It is intended to be a season of self-reflection as well as a reminder to be kind to those who are less fortunate.
Eid al-Fitr, Arabic for “festival of breaking fast,” is a three-day celebration at the conclusion of Ramadan that includes prayer, feasts, parades, presents, and charity giving. Here’s a glimpse at how people throughout the world celebrate it.