Eid-ul-fitr or Ramzan Eid falls on the new moon day marking the end of 'Ramadan' (according to the Muslim calendar). Muslims throughout the world and in India observe fast throughout this month and eat and drink only in the night. All types of entertainments and ceremonies are shunned during this period as it is exclusively meant to dedicate oneself to Allah and show devotion by prayers at all the prescribed times, reciting Quran and celebrating nights with feasts and family get- together. It is said that it was during this month that the Holy Koran was revealed to the world by Allah and Eid marks the happiness or festivity for the men and women who follow the doctrines of Islam. Muslims from all strata of life wear new clothes on this day visit the mosques to attend Eid prayers and wish each other saying "Eid Mubarak"
Charity and giving alms is an important aspect of this festive religious occasion. Muslims in India give gifts in kind or cash to the needy. The first Eid of the year is known as 'Eid-ul-fitr' meaning 'breaking the fast'. Fasting during Ramadan is said to develop self-control and a means of coming closer to Allah. It is said to purify one's soul. The festival is a day of joy and thanksgiving and on this day, Muslims give feasts. It is said to be the day when people forgive others and abandon all ill feelings towards fellow men. Children often receive gifts, new clothes and sweets on this day. People wait anxiously to see the new moon and it is said that if one sees the new moon on Eid and makes a wish, it is fulfilled. Even Hindus, join in the celebrations and greet their Muslim friends on Eid and join in the feasts as they are presented with delicious 'Sewaiyan' dishes.