Also known as Eid al-Fitr, the festival implies the breaking of the fasting with the sighting of new moon at night.
Eid marks the start of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting. People start their day early by chanting Salat ul-Fajr (the daily prayers). This is followed by a hearty breakfast before heading off to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue.
Eid ul-Fitr is seen as a day that brings people together. Muslims look forward to this day as an occasion of peace, happiness and festivity. It's seen as a day for special prayers. On this day, some people also visit burial grounds to pay respect to the departed souls - this is a custom which is known as ziyarat-al-qubur.
Countries in the Indian subcontinent like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh observed fast from May 28 this year.
Traditionally, Eid celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim-majority countries.
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