On Wednesday, June 5, Muslims across the India will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, almsgiving, and worship for the 1.6 billion-strong community.
The festival marks the culmination of fasting and holy month of Ramadan.
This year, Eid begins on June 4 and ends on June 5, marking the Ramadan 29 – or the 29th day of fasting – which falls on June 3. Muslims worldwide will celebrate the religion’s 1,440th end of fasting.
On the day of Eid, Muslims prepare by taking a shower, wearing perfume and donning new clothes. Across the world, Muslims will dress in their best traditional clothes in a show of global diversity.
Before heading to the special congregational prayer that Muslims observe on Eid, the Prophetic tradition recommends that Muslims should eat something sweet, usually dates before leaving the house.
Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.