23 October, 2006

Muslims to break fast tomorrow

Muslims celebrate Eid tomorrow, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan period of fasting. Eid is the end of a fasting period of about 29 to 30 days. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. All is done is praying and during that period Muslims have another kind of prayer in addition to the five that are usually done. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, their holy book, the Koran, was send down from heaven as guide for man and as a declaration and means of salvation. During Ramadan, the faithful are not allowed to eat or drink during daylight hours. At the end of the day, the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the "Iftar". During the evening following the "Iftar", it is customary for Muslims to visit family and friends. The fast continues the next morning.

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