Explainer: What is Eid al-Fitr?

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Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, either on Monday or Tuesday depending on the sighting of the moon. The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month where devotees fast each day from sunrise to sunset. This is the first time in more than two years that most Muslims can celebrate Eid al-Fitr without restrictions imposed for the coronavirus pandemic. What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid al-Fitr, called the ‘Festival of the Breaking of the Fast’, commemorates the end of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. This is a month of religious devotion where Muslims refrain fro…

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