Eid Ul Fitar or the festival of fast breaking is the biggest Muslim festival. Eid is derived from the Arabic word oud or the return to signify, well, the return of Eid each year. The festival is significant as much for its timing as for its religious implications. It is celebrated after the fasting month of Ramzan (the ninth month of the Muslim year), on the first day of the Shavval month of the Hijri year (Muslim year). It is believed that the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed in the month of Ramzan.
105 million Muslims make India the second most populous Islamic nation
in the world. They form Indias largest minority and constitute
almost 12% of Indias total population. Islam is also the most
recent religion added to Indias already potent cultural
concoction. Islam came to India in the 12th century a.d. and opened a
dialogue with Indian culture especially under the Mughals. Needless to
say, it was a mutually enriching experience. A majority of Indias
Muslims live in the north but a significant number are found all around
the country. Hence their traditions add yet another dimension to the
vast cultural landscape of India.