Eid al-Fitr is the holiday that ends Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The holiday is often called Eid, and lasts up to four days, with the first day being the most important. Eid al-fitr is celebrated by all Muslims, even those who are not active believers. When celebrating Eid, you dress up and visit friends and relatives, offer feasts, congratulate each other with the words “Eid Mubarak!”. This holiday is extra special for children as they receive gifts, new clothes, money and congratulations.
There are two annual holidays in Islam. One, Eid ul-adha which falls on the pilgrimage and the other is Eid ul-fitr, falls after fasting. Eid ul-fitr or Eid al-fitr has the same meaning.
In Arabic, eid means something that returns and repeats at a certain time. However, the word Eid has come to mean a celebration over time. The word fitr is the root of the word iftar (to break the fast) and denotes the end of the fasting month.