Eid al-Fitr: Major Muslim holiday marking end of fasting month of Ramadan
As the Holy month of Ramadan draws to an end, Muslims across the world prepare to celebrate one of the most significant festivals in Islam - Eid al-Fitr.
The festival falls on the first day of 'Shawwal', the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. However, the date of Eid al-Fitr is decided on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities; hence the date of Eid varies every year, from place to place.
It is on this day that the believers, after a month of fasting, hope to return to their pure and divine nature and consolidate their lives forever in the path of worship and obedience to God and reducing worldly attachments.
Therefore, according to the narrations, God illuminated this noble day with his light so that his mercy and blessing would be more included among the pious.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims seek to purify their souls through fasting and repentance from with God Almighty, and cleanse themselves of all outward and inward impurities that are contrary to their nature and to their true divine conscience.