Source: Daily News (New York)
On December 28, 2000, the New York Daily News reported an Islamic Circle of North America service in New York to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day celebration that comes at the end of the month of prayer and fasting known as Ramadan. The service brought together 2,600 worshippers. During Ramadan "Muslims attempt to cleanse their souls by abstaining from food and drink during the day." They "begin Eid al-Fitr by giving a contribution to the needy, called zakat, followed by prayers at the mosque. The rest of the holiday is spent relaxing with loved ones and reflecting on Ramadan." Children receive gifts. Eid al-Fitr, reported the Daily News, "celebrates a return to regular life and particularly the joy of family."