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Eid-ul-fitr is an Islamic holiday. Muslims celebrate this day after fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The purpose of this is to thank Allah for giving us the strength to obey His order. This holyday starts night before, everyone wake up early in the morning begin the actual day by going to masque for pray, greeting others, meal is served and followed by gift exchange. All the Muslims celebrate eid-ul-Fitr all over the world. It is the happiest day of the year for the Muslims. The preparation of Eid-ul-Fitr's big meal begins a night before the actual day. In the morning everybody gets up early in the morning to get ready to go to the mosque (church) for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer, which is followed by a big meal at home, and lastly, the gifts are exchanged. Eid-ul-fitr really begins with the moon sighting.

On the end of the twenty-ninth day of the fast, everybody gets out of the house to see the new moon (first of the moon month) for the next month.

If the moon is sighted by anybody around the world then it is announced either on television or radio. Here in America since we are just a minority of Muslims, people call each other on the phone to let everybody know that it's the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the next day is the Eid-ul-Fitr. Otherwise, there is another fast to complete the thirty days. In either case, the meat is marinated, the sweets are prepared, and the mother, sister-in-law and sisters for the next day meal make other preparations. Besides the preparation for the big Eid-ul-Fitr meal, everybody congratulates one another and prays. We usually don't sleep until late that night because everybody gets so excited for the...