This year Ramzan Eid will be celebrated on July 6, but this date may vary depending on the sighting of the moon. Ramzan Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting. It is believed that it was during the month of Ramadan that the holy Koran was revealed. Therefore, this month is also a time to pray and study the Koran. Ramzan Eid is also known as Eid Ul Fitr, which literally translates as ‘breaking of the fast’.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims eat only before sunrise and after sunset. The morning meal is called saheri and the evening meal is called iftar. Many Muslims will not even drink water during their fasts. The objective of fasting is to experience hunger, develop compassion for the less fortunate and learn to be thankful for God's bounties. Fasting is also advantageous to health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits.
The word ‘Eid’ means ‘frequent happiness' or 'festivity’. Eid is celebrated with the first sighting of the new moon in the sky. Prayers, feasts and family gatherings are the major highpoints of the celebrations. People buy new clothes, go to mosques to attend the Salatul Eid or Eid prayers and visit each other’s homes to exchange greetings. A very important aspect of Ramzan Eid is charity and Muslims are expected to help the needy in the form of gifts or money.
Food is a celebratory affair after the end of the month of fasting. Most families cook a biryani and seviya on the occasion of Eid.