The feast also ushers in Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
For Muslims, it not only signals the breaking of the fast, but also signifies the attainment of religious virtue, characterized by sacrifice, self-discipline and acts of charity.
On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family gets up very early and attends special prayers held only for the occasion in big mosques, large open areas, stadiums or arenas where thousands of people can gather.
The festivities and merriment start after the prayers with visits to the homes of friends and relatives and thanking the Creator for all blessings.
Special sweets and special meal are prepared and shared and the phrase “Eid-e-Fetr Mubarak” is exchanged which means “Have a happy and blessed Eid“.