Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:01
Ramadan comes to a close with Eid al-Fitr
After sunset on Thursday night the fasting month of Ramadan came to an end for most Muslims. This means that it is now time for Eid al-Fitr, also known as the Sugar Feast, which is celebrated for three days. The exact date of the Eid depends on two factors - the appearance of the crescent of the new moon and whether the Muslims follow the Islamic or international prayer, according to NU. Eid is traditionally started with the saying of the festive prayer in the mosque. This is followed by visits with family and eating delicious food - especially sweets. Gulur Diribas, a Muslim woman from Goes, told Omroep Zeeland that for her, Eid is what Christmas is for Christians - being with family that you don't see every day and everyone making tasty dishes. Small children will often receive a gift, like candy or pocket money. Fasting is one of the five religious obligations Muslims must adhere to. The Muslim fasting month began a month ago. For 30 days Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink smoke or have sex between sunrise and sunset. So they remember they commemorate the Prophet Muhammad receiving the first of his revelations. During Ramadan Muslims also focus on prayer, religious devotion and giving to charity.