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Eid Mubarak! Chicago Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

Eid-al-Fitr began with the sighting of the new moon last night.

Eid-al-Fitr began with the sighting of the new moon last night.

Dining Chicago wishes our Muslim readers a sweet Eid-al-Fitr today as they break their month-long fast of Ramadan. The Islamic lunar calendar means the holiday moves around the year, and the end of fasting and start of Eid starts with the sighting of the new moon indicating the start of the month of Shawwal.

The morning of the holiday is marked by thanksgiving prayers. The rest of the day is given to celebrating with family and friends and feasting.

Eid’s festive fare varies from culture to culture, but most Muslims break their fast with sweet dishes. In Chicago, where many local Muslims are of Pakistani or Indian heritage, common Eid dishes include sheer khorma, a sweet noodle pudding; burfi, a confection; and kulfi, ice cream.

Arab sweets such as kunafa, a phyllo pastry; maamool, date-filled cookies; and halvah, sesame candy; are popular with families of Middle Eastern descent.

Bosnian Muslims, another significant Chicago group, enjoy an apple dessert called tufahije at Eid.