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Happy Eid Al Fitr

About This Holiday

Eid al-Fitr ("the Festival of Breaking Fast") is the festival that commemorates the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. This festival begins with a community-wide prayer service in the morning.  This service is usually followed with a gathering of friends and family over a feast. 

There are many nations and cultures that celebrate this holiday, which means variations in how it is celebrated. Some common themes include: rich dishes prepared for the meals, donning new clothing, exchanging gifts or giving gifts to young children, and forgiving and seeking forgiveness. There is also an act of charity involved (called "Zakat al-Fitr") so that even those less fortunate may participate in the festivities. 

A common greeting around this time is "Eid Mubarak" which is Arabic for "Blessed Eid."

Because this is a holiday determined by the Islamic calendar, the official date changes annually based on lunar movements. This year, Eid al-Fitr is expected to start on April 10th.

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