A number of countries around the world, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and the U.K along with Gulf countries, are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, July 6. India, barring Kerala, will celebrate it on July 7, and nations including Turkey and Russia celebrated it on July 5.
The festival has gained momentum all across the world, and people are wishing one another on social networking sites as well. Many players from various sports like cricket and football have taken to Twitter, sending warm wishes like Happy Eid or Eid Mubarak 2016.
Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar, is celebrated to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which started on June 6. It is also a day where Muslims thank gracious Allah for the strength that has been bestowed upon them during the period of Ramadan.
For a period of 30 days, Muslims the world over fast from dawn to dusk without food and water. The date of the celebration is decided as per the crescent moon's sighting.
The celebrations includes a prayer, primarily offered in mosque. The prayer can also take place in an open area like fields as well. People also celebrate Eid al-Fitr with a feast, exchange gifts and greetings.