Eid ul-Fitr, aka Eid, is a three-day Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Traditionally, the festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Today (Aug. 30) is the first day of Eid in the U.S.
During Eid, Muslims thank Allah for the help and strength given to them throughout the previous month and celebrate the end of fasting by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes.
To mark the beginning of Eid, Muslims go to their local mosque to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat and many also give special charitable contributions, known as Zakat al-Fitr.