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Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan and the Festival of Eid al-Fitr

Posted: May 31, 2019

Next week marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr. For the past month, Muslims at DC and around the world may have been fasting; going without food or drink between dawn and sunset. It is a time of the year when Muslims are encouraged to refocus their attention on their spiritual lives, rather than their physical needs. They are guided to increase their support for those around them who might be in need, to devote themselves more to their duties and responsibilities towards others and to avoid all kinds of negative or harmful thoughts. At the end of the Ramadan, they celebrate Eid; a festival which is often marked by large family gatherings and charitable acts. Families will try to get together and celebrate the end of the month of fasting by eating together and donating food to those who are in need. If you know or see a Muslim over the three day festival period, you might hear the greeting of ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Happy Holidays’.