Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Turkmenistan with much religious fervour and general merriment. The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
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The holiday is also called Oraza Bayram in Turkmenistan, with Bayram corresponding to the new month of Shawwal and Oraza corresponding to the fasting month of Ramadan. This day marks the transition between the time of fasting and the time of feasting. As “Eid al-Fitr” is Arabic, the term is used in most countries, but Turkmenistan prefers to put the holiday’s name into the local language.
As in other Muslim countries, official prayer sessions, mountains of food, and all-day partying are signs that it is Eid al-Fitr. For many, the celebrations continue for two or three days. And since Muslims are required to give food to the poor, called the Zakat al-Fitr, almost everyone is able to take part in the festivities.