Eid al Fitr at the End of Ramadan - 01.22.2007

Ramadan is a time of fasting and introspection for Muslims. Muslims give up vices and even fast through the day, to understand the plight of the poor and less fortunate.

Eid Al-Fitr is the celebration upon the end of Ramadan. According to wikipedia,for Muslims, Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting, but also thank God for the help and strength that they believe he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control. It is a time of giving and sharing, and many Muslims dress in holiday attire, and compare the spirit of the holiday to the “Christmas spirit” recognized by Christianity.

This week, Sunnis in Baghdad describe their experience of the Fitr holiday, and the breaking of the fast at the end of Ramadan.

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