Date: Observed Thursday or Nov. 4, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

What it is: This day marks the official end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

History: Ramadan and its festive ending, Eid El Fitr, have been practiced since the beginnings of Islam in the seventh century. Observance of the holiday is considered one of the seven pillars of Islam. Eid was developed as a festive conclusion to this holy month.

Modern observance: During Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink, smoke or partake of many other activities during daylight hours. Eid is a joyous feast that marks the end of the season of fasting. Muslim families gather in homes or at mosques to eat elaborate meals, play games, and give and receive gifts.

Locally: The public is invited to attend a special Eid cultural festival from 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 1111 Maiden Lane in Lexington. Activities will include storytelling, a children’s program, a show featuring traditional costumes from Muslim nations and henna art. The event is sponsored by the Midlands chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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