Eid-Al-Fitr

The Islamic month of Ramadan has come to an end, and along with it brings us to a joyous occasion called Eid-Al-Fitr. The month usually comes to an end either on the 29th or 30th day of fasting. Eid is celebrated on the 1st day of the new month in Shawwal.

The tradition is one of wearing new clothes, wearing perfume and offering gifts to family members. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Each of these pillars are considered obligatory in order to live a good an honest life.

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar and changes on a yearly basis, moving back 11 days on a yearly basis. The moon sighting committee meets for the first crescent of the new moon before sunset on the 29th day of every month . If the moon is sighted, the month ends, but if it is not sighted, the month goes on one more day to complete 30 fasts.

There were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015, roughly 24% of the global population, according to a Pew Research Center estimate. But while Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), it is the fastest-growing major religion

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