Muslims around the world have been participating in Ramadan for the past four weeks.
In the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims fast during the day, and can only eat and drink after sunset when they fast for the iftar meal.
Ramadan is a time to bring Muslims closer to Allah and devote themselves to their faith, with multiple prayers and acts of charity encouraged during this time.
The month-long festival is now coming to an end, with the last fast day this weekend before the start of Eid al-Fitr.
When is Eid al-Fitr?
Like Ramadan, the dates of Eid shift every year because the Islamic calendar is based on moon phases.
The new crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the next lunar month of Islam, is to be seen as the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid.
This year, it will start at sunset on Saturday (May 23) or Sunday (May 24), depending on when the moon – which marks the next Islamic month of Shawwal – can be seen.
Some Muslim communities use the moon observations over Mecca in Saudi Arabia to determine when their Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrations begin, while others rely on the sky closer to home.
As a result, some Eid celebrations can differ for up to 24 hours, as Ramadan does not exceed 30 days.
What is Eid Al-Fitr?
Known as the ‘Festival of the Breaking of Lent’, Eid al-Fitr is a time when Muslims put on their best clothes and party together as a family.
Traditionally, they also visit friends and neighbors to share food.
Before Eid prayers can begin, Muslims must pay money to the poor in a charity act known as Zakut-ul-fitr.