Id-ul-Fitar is celebrated on the first day of Shawaal, the tenth month in the Muslim calendar, to mark the end of a month long fast during the month of Ramadan. The term 'ul Fitar' literally means breaking of fast. It is the day announced by the Prophet Muhammad to reaffirm the feeling of brotherhood, after a period of fasting and austerity. Muslims celebrate this day in great fervor and wear new clothes, and offer prayers. A very important aspect of the festival is the charity, which all the Muslims are expected to extend to the needy.
Updated on 7th June, 2005
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