According to Muslem religion, in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar when the full moon appears, the Ramadan fast begins. During the next month, the Muslem people will fast from food, drink and smoking from sunrise to sunset. These hours are spent in the mosques praying. The prophet Mohammed taught that fasting and prayer quiets the spirit and disciplines the soul.
On the evening of the 27th day of the month of Ramadan, Muslems celebrate the "Night of Power" (Laylat-al-Qadr). It is believed that on this night, Mohammad received the revelation of the Holy Koran and this is the night that God determines the course of the world for the coming year.
As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, the Muslem community searches the sky for the next full moon. When the full moon is sighted, a great shout rises from the community along with the beating of drums to usher in the three-day festival of Eid- (happiness) Ul-Fitr (breaking the fast).
On the first morning of Eid-ul-Fitr, families begin their day at the mosques (Masjid). As the priest call out "Allah is Great". The worshipers bend forward on their prayer mats raise their hands high and press their heads against the ground. Then they greet everyone saying "Eid Mubarak" (Happiness to everyone). After returning from the mosque, the families gather for their first midday meal in a month. The meal includes lamb, goat, spicy vegetables and thin noodles cooked with milk, sugar and coconut (Saiwiyan). For dessert there is candy made of ground nuts, honey sesame seeds and grated cheese.
These three days are work holidays. This time is spent with the families. The children receive presents of new clothes either hand made or store bought. Girls wear bangles on their wrists and paint red designs on their hands. There are fairs and special holiday shops. In the evening there are fireworks displays. On the last day of the celebration, families visit relatives and friends. The children receive gifts and coins on this day.