End of Ramadan announced

End of Ramadan announced

July 5, 2016   07:29 pm

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Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, festival ending Ramadan, tomorrow (July 05) as the new moon has been sighted today, the Colombo Grand Mosque said. 

Eid al-Fitr bids goodbye to Ramadan -- a month of dawn-to-dusk abstinence from food, drinks and other sensual pleasures.  

The Eid is one of two major holidays in Islam, alongside another called Eid al-Adha.  

During Ramadan Muslims endeavour to adhere to three types of worship: Sawm (fasting), Zakat (charity) and Salat (praying). When the sun has set, the fast is broken with friends and family, in a ceremony known as the iftar. 

After 30 days the end of Ramadan ushers in a festival known as Eid al-Fitr. This is when Muslims can collectively end their period of fasting with celebration.  

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