31st August, 2011
Eid ul Fitr is the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. It marks the end of Ramadan. This year, in Australia, Ramadan (a month of fasting, and one of the five pillars of Islam) begins on 1st August, and ends on 31st August.
Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. As this calendar is a lunar one, dates in the Gregorian calendar will vary from year to year. Muslims keep fast during daylight hours throughout the month, remembering that the first verses of the Holy Qu'ran were revealed to the Prophet during Ramadan.
A common greeting during this holiday is the Arabic greeting 'Eid Mubarak', which means 'Blessed Festival'.