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Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims . The first verses of the Koran (Qu'ran) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (also written as Mohammad or Muhammed) during the last third of Ramadan, making this an especially holy period .

It is believed that God conveyed the message of Koran to Hazrat Mohammad through Gabriel in the days of Ramdan. The whole month of Ramzan is therefore sacred. All through this month the devout Muslims keep a strict fast during the day. After sunset, namaz is offered and then the fast is broken. The Imams announce the time of breaking the 'fast, at some places, cannons are fired. They get up at dawn and take light refreshment and then again the fast begins, The fast continues for about a month. It begins with the new moon and terminates with.

The next. month following Ramdan is called Shawwal. On the first of Shawwal is celebrated Id-ul-fitr. It is a festival of great cheer, rejoicing and festivity. Throughout India it is observed with great enthusiasm, fervour and preparation. On this day people wear new and best clothes, shoes and offer mass namaz in Idgah and other mosques. After namaz there is a religious lecture from Imam and then they greet and embrace one another warmly. Hindus also greet and embrace their Muslim friends in fraternal spirit.

The whole day of Id is spent in festivity and exchange of sweets, good wishes and visits. . Sewayyan, a sweet dish is specially prepared on this occasion and distributed among friends, neighbours and relatives. It is a great social and religious Muslim festival and the poor and needy are given money, food, clothes, etc., in charity. Muslim women also celebrate it with great zest and enthusiasm. They wear their fineries, jewellery a and apply henna on their feet and hands.People wish each other uttering ‘Eid Mubarak'

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