By WSJ Staff
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Muslims offered prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Shahi Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad,Gujarat, Aug.31, 2011. Eid will be celebrated on Aug. 20 this year.
On Monday, India officially celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast daily.
The end of Ramadan begins when specially designated committees spot the new moon. Different countries celebrate the start of Ramadan and Eid on different days. Generally, India and Pakistan celebrate Eid one day after Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest mosque in Mecca. But Muslims in the Indian state of Kerala follow Saudi Arabia mainly because of their employment and cultural ties to the country.
After a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting during Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated by indulging in special delicacies prepared for the day and by greeting friends and relatives. Devotees also offer special prayers on this day.
Government offices, businesses and schools in India are closed.
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