Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic (lunar) calendar. It is, therefore, a festival to celebrate the self-discipline and determination practiced by muslims during Ramadan.
During Ramadan, not only do we experience what it is like to go without food or water (as too many people in this world unfortunately do), we also abstain from bad habits, such as smoking and swearing. We spend more time praying and reading the Holy Quran, in attempt to feel closer to God.
If you ask any muslim how they feel about Ramadan ending, they will tell you they feel rejuvenated: spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. As many of do around New Year's Eve, we make the intention to continue our good habits after Ramadan.
I hope those of you who celebrated, had a lovely day with your family and friends!
The above is a photo of some henna that I applied to my hand on Eid day. Applying henna during celebrations is a custom in my culture. Do you recognise the henna pattern?