As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims all over India come together to celebrate one of the most important festivities, Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr. This marks the end of their fasting period and is the start of a new month, Shawwal and is marked with delicious dishes that will trick your taste buds. As we all prepare to blast into the houses of our Muslim friends, here’s a look at how exactly this day is celebrated. Here are a few practices of Eid-ul-Fitr and what they signify:

1. Ghusal aka the bath

One of the most important part of Eid celebration is to have a bath early in the morning before going for the prayer. It is considered to be mandatory in Sunnah, which describes how a Muslim should portray his life, and is considered a Mustahib.

2. The dressing

This festival is celebrated by dressing up in your best clothes that portray your happiness and enjoyment of the past month of serving Allah. The color, black is avoided which signifies mourning and people often buy special new clothes for this occasion. Muslims also distribute new clothes to the poor to help them celebrate with the same enthusiasm.

3. Dates

After fasting for a month during the prayer time, it is mandatory to eat something before going for prayer. Religiously it is prefer to have odd number of dates, following the footsteps of the prophet.

4. Takbeerat

While traveling towards the mosque for Namaaz, they are advised to recite the Takbir (Allahu Akbar) until the beginning of the prayer in the remembrance of Allah.

5. The path chosen

One of the oldest practices during the prayer of Eid-ul-Fitr is taking two different routes to and from the prayed ground.

6. Zakat-ul-Fitr

Zakat-ul-Fitr is the practice of charity on this day. Charity in the form of money or grains and clothing is to be done by the self-sufficient to the needy in order to help them celebrate this day in the name of Allah.

7. No Fast Day

It is forbidden by the prophet to fast on this day. This day is filled with celebration and happiness and faith. Everybody from the rich to poor remembers Allah and his miracles and strengthens their faith in the almighty.