Muslim communities around the world gathered on Friday and Saturday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-Breaking.
The three-day celebration of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a holy fasting month.
“On Eid, you are encouraged to eat all things that are too rich, too sweet, too creamy for a normal day,” food blogger Sumayya Usmani told the New York Times.
Eid al-Fitr is not only a celebration of food, but also of charity. Observing Muslims donate meals to the less fortunate so everyone can eat on the holiday.
Eid al-Fitr is the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. First and last days of Islamic months are marked by the rise of the new moon. Because of that, the specific date of Eid al-Fitr often differs for different countries, depending on when the new moon is sighted.
On Eid al-Fitr, Muslim families gather for morning prayers and the first daytime meal in a month. Men, women, and children also adorn new clothes for the day of festivities.
In most Muslim countries, the entire three day period of Eid al-Fitr is recognized as an official national holiday. People are excused from work and school to participate in festivities. New York City recently recognized the Muslim holiday in its public schools as well.