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What Muslim do during festivals?


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November 08, 2007 3:02PM

Islam is a global religion, and part of many cultures. Cultural practices vary a great deal from place to place. In many places, Muslims have adopted some local practices that are not Islamic. Islam has only two feasts: Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice, commemorating God's decision not to require the sacrifice of Prophet Abel, God bless him and grant him peace) and Eid al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast-Breaking, celebrating the end of Ramadan, the month of Islamic fasting.) On feast days, Muslim dress in new clothes to offer a special congregational prayer during the morning, and then spend the day relaxing with family and friends. They have a big dinner which includes some of the meat of a sheep that has been sacrificed earlier in the day (the rest of the meat goes to the poor) and visit each other. Often Muslims give their children (and other people's) gifts of cash or toys. Picnics and trips to amusement parks are also popular.