The arrangements and preparations for celebrating the festival start long before its arrival. People wear new clothes on the day, while women don ornaments and heavy jewelry also. They also decorate their houses in fancy style. Friends and relatives visit each other for giving Eid greetings and wishes. On this festive day, Muslims wear new clothes and women also apply henna or Mehndi on their hands. In all the Muslim countries, markets are decorated and people go on a shopping spree, to enjoy this festival. Children are given money, gifts, clothes, sweets, and perks on this occasion. Daughters and sisters also receive gifts.
For the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims dedicate themselves in offering prayers to the Allah, by reciting Ramadan ‘dua’ as many times as possible and visiting mosque. In India, thousands of Muslims flock to Jama Masjid, the main mosque in Delhi. The country celebrates Eid ul Fitr with great enthusiasm and zeal. A lot of Hindus also participate in the celebrations of the Muslim festival. The day has been declared as a public holiday in India.
Eid ul Fitr 2012 - 19 August