Today is Eid al-Fitr! This is a major Islamic holiday, celebrated globally at the end of Ramadan (AKA the holy month of fasting). The date varies annually based on the lunar Islamic calendar, typically marked by the sighting of the crescent moon. This festival starts on Shawwal’s first day, markign the end of a period of spiritual reflection and devotion.
Celebrations differ across cultures but usually begin with Salat al-Eid, a special communal prayer. People often wear new or fine clothes, exchange greetings like “Eid Mubarak,” and visit loved ones. Gift-giving, especially to kids, and preparing traditional sweets are common practices. Eid also involves giving to the needy, known as Zakat al-Fitr. While some throw large festivals and parades, others focus on family gatherings and personal contemplation. Everywhere, though, Eid al-Fitr fosters joy, gratitude, and a renewed sense of spiritual purpose, shared by many.