VIRGINIA BEACH -- As sunrise broke across Hampton Roads Monday, thousands of Muslims began the day celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Hundreds of Muslims, with prayer carpets in hand, gathered at the Virginia Beach Convention Center for the traditional Salat al-Fitr prayer.

It is celebrated in the morning of the first day of 'Shawwal,' the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

The Eid al-Fitr celebration is practiced with a sermon following the prayer by an Iman or prayer leader.

Eid consists of food and gifts and is commonly celebrated with large groups of people throughout day.

It is traditional that believers will greet each other throughout the day saying 'Eid Mubarak' which means 'Blessed Celebration.'

Muslims are also commanded to give to charity by or before this date.

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