Eid al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and begins when the moon is sighted after sunset. This holiday lasts three days and is also known as the “Breaking of the fast” following Ramadan.
This is a time for families to gather together to celebrate the end of the fasting period. This is also a joyous time for those who spent the month of Ramadan fasting and praying, as they are released of their religious obligation and have been forgiven of their sins.
On the first day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in large outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. After the Eid prayer, Muslims usually disperse to visit various family and friends and give gifts (especially to children). Common greetings used during Eid are "Eid Mubarak!"("Blessed Eid!") and "Eid Saeed!"("Happy Eid!").
Many Muslims call the holiday Sweet Eid, and special foods, especially sweet treats, may be served. The most popular are two types of cookies; Khak- sweet crunchy cookies, sprinkled with icing sugar, served with or without filling. Petit fours- shortbread cookies, made from two pieces of biscuits with creamy filling joining them together. These are sprinkled with nuts or colourful coconut flakes and have a white or dark chocolate topping.
Egyptians like to celebrate with friends and neighbours so the streets are always crowded during the days and nights of Eid!
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