Eid al-Fitr: Muslims around world celebrate end of Ramadan fast

eidpakistanThis weekend, Muslims all over the globe begin celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, to mark the end of Ramadan.

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The name translates as “the festival of breaking the fast” as during the month of Ramadan, Muslims perform one of the five pillars of Islam: the fast.

Food, water and sexual activity are all banned until after sunset.

Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is believed that the Quran’s first verse was revealed during the last 10 nights of this month.

The exact date of Eid depends on the lunar cycle, and it is traditionally celebrated for three days – although from country to country, the festival can last anywhere from one to four days.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

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