Today is the twentieth day of Syawwal, a month for Muslims who had succeeded in completing the Ramadhan fast to celebrate their success in the feat. Ask any non Muslim to abstain from food and drinks from dawn to dusk or 13 hours, and the majority will shy away. Muslims have to endure more than abstain from food and drinks, they also abstain from sins, bad deeds and sex with spouse during the fast.
The eve of Syawwal is filled with takbir, when Muslims congregate and call the takbir together, glorying and gratifying Almighty Allah. The first day of Syawwal is the most important and merriest when nearly everyone dresses up with their best and attends the Eidul Fitr prayer at the mosque, of course food is aplenty for the taking after a month of fasting days. The next few days of Syawwal are normally filled with family activities, visiting each other and catching up with family developments.
After 20 days the Eidul Fitr mood is still swinging with open house invitations every weekend. Syawwal is also a choice month for marriages and this writer received 2 wedding invitations for Sunday 9th September.