Id-ul-Fitr is the most important of all the Muslim festivals. It is celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which all adult Muslims all over the world observe a month-long fast and they have their meal only at night. It is celebrated on the first day of the tenth lunar month of the Islamic calendar.
Fitr is said to be derived from the word Tatar' which means 'breaking' or 'fitrah' meaning alms. It is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing. Family get-togethers and feasts are the major highlights of the celebrations of Id-ul-Fitr.
People exchange greetings 'Id Mubarak'. Traditionally, 'Idi' in the form of presents of money and gifts are given to the youngsters by the elders and are conveyed blessings.
Special delicious dishes like seviyan are prepared in this festival. It is a time to forget all past differences and grievances.
It is believed that it was during the month of Ramzan that the holy book of the Muslims, the Quran came into existence and Prophet Mohammad was chosen by God as his messenger to compile the sacred book.
The last ten days of Ramzan are of great significance for the Muslims because during this period the revelation of the book to the Prophet was completed.