Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a two-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “original nature”, implying the restoration of one’s best human composition.
The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.
In Malaysia, we celebrate the end of the month long fasting (“puasa”) with “Hari Raya Puasa” or “Hari Raya Aidilfitri” with the customary open house. This is an open invitation to all friends to join in the festivities of good food and friendly conversations.