Communities and families usually gather to mark the start of Eid al-Fitr with a meal.
Ramadan is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time for spiritual reflection, as well as spending time with loved ones.
Muslims also fast during this period, which means they don’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset to allow more time to focus on their faith.
Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, with the other pillars being faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Holy City.
What does Eid Mubarak mean?
Eid Mubarak is a traditional Muslim greeting used during festivals such as Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.
The word Eid means celebration and Mubarak translates as blessed.
Therefore, people wish each other a blessed holiday by using this greeting.
When is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and begin when the moon is sighted after sunset.
Due to the Islamic calendar being based on lunar cycles, there isn’t a fixed date for Eid 2018.
Eid al-Fitr lasts three days and is also known as the “Breaking of the fast” following Ramadan.
Eid al-Adha is the second of the two Islamic holidays and is also known as The Sacrifice Feast.
It is regarded as a holier celebration than Eid al-Fitr and commemorates Ibrahim sacrificing his son in an act of obedience to God.
The holiday will begin in the evening of Tuesday, August 21 and end in the evening of Saturday, August 25.
Muslims around the world often sacrifice a sheep or goat as a reminder of why they are celebrating this occasion.
In Britain, the animal has to be killed at a slaughterhouse.
The animal’s meat is then shared out among family, friends and the poor, who each get a third share.