FARGO — Hundreds packed inside two services at the Islamic Center of Fargo Moorhead Tuesday, June 4, to celebrate Eid — the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Followers of Islam are expected to fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan, which falls on dates based on the faith's lunar calendar. This year it fell between May 5 and June 4.

Ramadan is said to be a month of purification and after a month of daytime fasting, the celebration of Eid in Fargo was a loud and happy gathering that brought much of the area's Muslim community together.

"It's basically the Muslim Christmas, I'd say," described Ravand Ramadhan of Moorhead. "Everybody you know is here — just a great atmosphere."

Ramadhan said they'll spend the next two days visiting family and friends to continue celebrating Eid.