Ramadan ends this weekend across the Muslim world, the month of fasting and purification ending with the festival of Eid al-Fitr. The timing of the festival can vary in different countries depending on the sighting of the new moon.
In Asia the festival has tens of thousands of people on the move, and it is a dangerous time to go and visit family, with roads and transport systems clogged, although for many it is an obligatory once a year trip. About 180 people have died already in Indonesia and Malaysia during the exodus from the cities.
Muslims in western Europe have had to wait a little longer, with France’s immigrants only beginning the festival today whereas their brothers and sisters in the Gulf states began yesterday. Many things close down during the holiday, and the stock exchange in Saudi Arabia takes a long holiday from moneymaking, until the 20th of October.