Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر) is among the most improtant Muslim religious holidays. It marks the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Eid means “holiday” or “feast day” in Arabic, and Fitr means the “breaking of the fast”. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a dawn-to-dusk fast know as “sawm” in Arabic, and the Eid feast marks the end of the 29 or 30 day fast. Because Muslims follow the lunar calendar, the feast is held when the new moon is sighted. Muslims pay the zakat before offering Eid prayers.