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7/29/2014 (7 months ago)

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Confusion over conclusion resolved as Eid al-Fitr festival is observed

The holy month of Ramadan ended this year as Muslims worldwide celebrated with prayer and food during the Eid al-Fitr festival this past Monday. The end of Ramadan 2014, the Islamic holy month of fasting, lasted for three days. The event marked the anniversary of the Quran being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan is an annual celebration held during the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, starting after the sighting of the new moon.

Ramadan is an annual celebration held during the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, starting after the sighting of the new moon.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/29/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan, Islam


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There was some confusion this year as to when Eid would be celebrated. Both the Saudi Press Agency and the Fiqh Council of North America declared Monday, July 28, as the end of Ramadan.

Sometimes abbreviated as "Eid" or "Eid Mubarak," marks the end of the month-long daytime fasting during Ramadan, which began on June 28 this year. Eid al Fitr begins after the new crescent moon appears and falls on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

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Many join in Islamic prayer, known as salat while saying "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," and feasting.

Ramadan is an annual celebration held during the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, starting after the sighting of the new moon.

The holy month for 2014 began on June 28 at sunset, or "rukyah," when the moon was spotted. The celebration lasts for 29 or 30 days until the next new moon appears, which happened this past Monday. The month of fasting is celebrated by more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, including in the U.S., where there are nearly 2.6 million Muslims.

Focus during Ramadan is on spirituality, prayer and withholding any acts of violence during the fast. Many Muslims around the world are expected to participate, with the exception of the elderly, sick and pregnant. Muslims at this time wish each other "Ramadan Kareem" or "Ramadan Mubarak."

For the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Ed al-Fitr, Arabic for "breaking the fast." Muslim families will exchange gives, sit down for meals and pray together for three days.

Traditional greetings during Eid al-Fitr are "Eid Mubarak," which means "Blessed Eid," and "Eid Said," meaning "Happy Eid." Muslims also donate food, called "Zakat al-Fitr" or "charity of breaking the fast," so that the poor can also celebrate the holiday.

Muslims are also expected to refrain from food and drink and abstain from smoking and sex from dawn to dusk as one of the five pillars of Islam. The breaking of the fast, or iftaar, begins at dusk by eating dates. 

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