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Many Muslims in the United Kingdom celebrate Eid al-Fitr (also known as Id al-Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr) on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.


What do people do?

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for Muslim communities across the United Kingdom. This event involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations.
Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
Eid in the Square has been annually held in London to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, bringing diverse communities, families and friends together in recent years. It features live entertainment, stalls, exhibitions, prayer marquees, and a children’s play area. Some cultural heritage centres may host festivities associated with Eid al-Fitr. Many Muslim communities throughout the UK, including in Scotland, also organize their own festivities for this occasion.




Sun Aug 19 2012 Eid-al-Fitr Muslim
 
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