I have always loved keeping rozas (Ramadan fasts) even though just for a day in the whole holy month. I’m telling this here because I belong to a hindu family and we only keep navaratras. Initially, it didn’t go well down with my family, but later they all accepted it (may be as one of my adventures..I don’t know!). I started because I had this crush on a muslim guy…sshhhhh!! That was wayy back in school. But it got me interested in this religion a lot. And even today, I get equally excited with their festivals as I’m generally with Diwali and Holi. The reasons have changed, but the habit remained.
*May be I’ll do something on my eyes like Kareena did in Kurbaan*
“Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, theIslamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.
Eid-ul-Fitr has a particular salah (Islamic prayer) consisting of two raka’ah (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may only be performed in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allah-u-Akbar [God is Great]), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before ruku’ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school. This Eid ul-Fitr salah is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard (obligatory), Mustahabb (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable).
Muslims are commanded by God in the Qur’an to complete their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-fitr before doing the Eid prayer.” – Wikipedia