The month of Shawwal immediately follows Ramadan, during which time Muslims around the world observe the 30-day long fast during daylight hours. Completing the Ramadan fast is equivalent to fasting for 10 months, while completing an additional six days of fasting in Shawwal is equal to a fast of two months – thus it is like completing an entire year of fasting.
Eid is the most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It is a time for families to get together, give greetings & gifts, and share lots of special food & festivities. As a child, I couldn’t sleep the night before Eid, because of all the excitement, and even into adulthood the anticipation keeps me up the night before!