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Eid al-Fitr, the Minor Festival

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. On this specific day, it is forbidden to fast. It is also known as the ‘sweet festival’ as desserts become the focal point once morning prayers are over. This festival of forgiveness and peace can last up to three days. Tradition dictates that, to mark the occasion, practising Muslims pay the zakat, a charitable donation to the poor, equivalent to four times the amount of food held in two cupped hands.
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© Getty Images - Aïd-el-Fitr - Prayer before the Eid al-Fitr meal, Calcutta, India, 2014