One of the most important holidays in Algeria and many other Islamic countries is Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr means “festivity of breaking of the fast”, and it comes at the end of the long fasting and prayer month of Ramadan on the first day of the month Shawwal.
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During Eid, Algerians attend a local mosque for prayers and a sermon. They will also give an offering to charity, usually in the form of food, called the “zakat al-Fitr”.
As in many other lands, Algerians buy and wear new clothing for Eid al-Fitr, and the wearing of traditional cultural clothing has become popular again in recent years.
At home, people will indulge in large feasts, which are quite welcome after the long fast. chick peas couscous pasta, beef, sea food, vegetables, and fruits, are all consumed at family feasts.
Many will also exchange gifts and cards and, of course, greet each other with “Happy Eid!” this time of year.