Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Libya with much religious fervour and general merriment. The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
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Eid al-Fitr festivities carry on for three full days, with much merry-making, feasting, and visiting of friends and relatives. People go to the local mosque early in the morning for prayer. Then they break the month-long fast in a big way!
There are numerous Eid al-Fitr traditions observed in Libya. It is customary to send Eid greeting cards, shout out “Happy Eid!” to everyone you meet, and to attend at least one special service in a mosque. People also may decorate the tombs of deceased relatives at the cemetery, usually placing a wreath or a branch on the tomb.
In prayer, it is customary to thank Allah for giving the strength to endure the fasting time of Ramadan.