After completion of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the two major holidays of Islam - festival of breaking the fast Eid al-Fitr begins.

The beginning and end of fasting in the month of Ramadan is calculated according to the lunar calendar. In 2016, the beginning of the post falls on June 6 and end - on 5 July. The holiday begins after sunset on the last day of Ramadan.

However, in different Muslim countries, Ramadan may start at different times, depending on the way of astronomical calculations or direct observation of moon phases.

In Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia and some other Muslim countries the first day of Eid al-Fitr announced Wednesday, July 6.

The tradition of celebrating Eid al-Fitr dates back to 624 year, the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

Eid al-Fitr for Muslims is - first and foremost - a farewell to the blessed days of Ramadan, when every Muslim has a good opportunity to grow spiritually, to subdue passions through fasting, pious behavior and providing assistance to people in need.

Thus, during the whole month, the righteous Muslims try to make the greatest possible amount of good deeds and actions.

On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims around the world - having made their ablutions - put on festive clothes and rush to the mosque for morning mass prayers. After this, the faithful exchanged greetings, go on visits and invite to their festive meal.

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