Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Eid al-Fitr

Today is a National Holiday here in the Philippines because of this "Eid al-Fitr" events. It is the "Festival of Breaking the Fast."

Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2009 occurs on Sept. 21. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

Eid al-Fitr!

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