The Eid Moon

Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha every year. The days of these festivals depend on the appearance of the moon. In these months moon has importance. People wait for it.
The Shawwal moon announces the end of the holy month of Ramazan. The next day is the day of Eid ul Fitr it is a day of prayer and joy. The muslims thank God Almighty for having enabled them to observe the fasts.

The evening on which the moon is expected to appear is memorable evening. People crowd on the roofs of their houses. Their eyes scan the western sky. They are looking for the moon. The children are more eager to see the moon.

Then someone spots the thin new moon. He raises his hand towards the sky and shouts. There is the moon!. Others redouble their efforts to search for the moon. Suddenly many people begin to shout. The moon has appeared then they raise their hands in prayer. Children clap and laugh and are happy. They are excited. Someone explodes a cracker in the street. In a short time the news of the appearance of the moon spreads throughout the city.

People begin preparations for the Eid. Shops and markets remain open till late night.The Eid ul Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zill haj. As there are nine days between the Eid and the appearance of the moon. People are not very eager to see the moon.