Idul-Fitr, of late known by the misnomer `Ramadan' is one of the two festivals of Islam. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar year. During this month the Muslims Observe fast, giving up all kinds of food and drinks during day time, and spend the major part of the night in devotion and prayer. Purification of the body and soul is the main aim of this observance.
crescent appears on the western horizon heralding the end of the month
of fasting , it marks the beginning of the Idul-Fitr festival. Because
this festival is connected with the month of Ramadan, it came to be
known as `Ramadan'. The Idul-Fitr festival starts with the commencement
of the first day of the month of `Shawwl'. The first item of the celebration
is distribution of food materials to the poor and the deserving. Any
person who holds food in excess of the day's need must necessarily make
his contribution in accordance with the scales prescribed by Islam.
Muslims all over the world celebrate this festival with great eclat
and in gratitude to God.