stephbeth110 months ago
i always equate fasting for ramadan and then celebrating its end with eid was a religious requirement, like the high holidays in judaism,on yom kippur we fast all day and break the fast at night. there are other days of fasting in judaism, only orthodox and some conservatives practice this.
i believe the purpose of fasting is so you do not think about yourself, but how you can be a better person in the eyes of god or mohammed or whomever you worship. ramadan and eid are no different than the meaning of rosh hashana and yom kippur.