Today the Muslim community celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, or the Feast of Breaking the Fast, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The country joins in the observance with an annual public holiday, and this year, the Muslim day of festivities and the national day off have coincided.
For Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago, Wednesday night was supposed to have been the day for sighting the new moon.
President of the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) Yacoob Ali said yesterday in Trinidad there were no reliable sightings, so the general consensus was that fasting should continue yesterday, and the fast be broken (last night).
According to tradition, the moon must be sighted by two credible Muslims who then spread the word throughout the community, Ali said. On Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims attend mosque for the Eid prayer, followed by the sermon and then a supplication asking for God’s forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world. Muslims also participate in the obligatory act of charity, or zakat—money paid to the poor and the needy.
After prayers, Muslims spend the day visiting with relatives and friends. Eid gifts, known as Eidi, are frequently given to children and immediate relatives.