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Eid is a celebration that takes place at the end of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar ( a month of prayer and fasting). Muslims fast from food and drink from dawn to sunset. Eid ul- Fitr means the festival of breaking the fast after twenty-nine or thirty days of observance. The 2022 Eid ul-Fitr celebration was held on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of May. The Reading Muslim community got together to celebrate this special day in joy and prayer.

It is believed that the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during the month of Ramadan. Muslims consider this a holy month and hold fast from dawn to dusk and dedicate themselves to praying to Allah.

The Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan.

For many Asians, the food they eat on Eid include chicken biryani and baklava, halwa, Kheer and Shahi tukda among many other common dishes like Chom Choms (Curry), barfis, Gulab- Jamum (Sweets Desserts). Other Muslims in other parts of the world celebrate Eid with their most famous and traditional dishes and desserts.  Eid is typically recognised by praying, visiting family and friends, gift-giving, donating to charity, making traditional dishes and sweets, wearing new clothes, and much more.

Men wear traditional dresses and attend community congregational prayers in the morning while women wear their beautiful traditional attire and get their nails and Mehndi (Henna) done ready to celebrate. Sometimes they go and pray but they are mainly preparing food. Some even cook extra food and give it to the neighbourhood mosque to celebrate Eid. Some people go to eat at restaurants as a family instead of cooking and then go to a family or friend’s house afterwards.        

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