By RIMA AL-MUKHTAR, RIMA.ALMUKHTAR@ARABNEWS.COM
Eid al-Fitr, Arabic for the Festival of Fast-Breaking, is a three-day holiday for Muslims around the world. It falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. Muslims celebrate this holiday after completing a whole month of fasting and Qur’an reading.
On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations and mosques to perform the Eid prayer called Al-Mashhad. In Saudi Arabia, people usually gather before the prayer to give well wishes and greet each other for the holiday and exchange presents and Eidiyah (money given as an Eid present).
On Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims are allowed to have food in the morning and practice their old habits of eating breakfast and drinking coffee.
“Saudis usually gather with their friends and family for the big Eid breakfast,” said 56-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Nasser. “My family and I get together at my grandfather’s house to have our traditional Eid breakfast: A dining table filled with different kinds of traditional home cooked meals.”