Muslims across the globe are enjoying Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The holiday concludes the month of fasting from dawn to dusk.
In the Egyptian capital Cairo prayers begin in an atmosphere of joy and celebration with an exchange of greetings. Traditionally Eid is a time when families and friends come together to feast.
Euronews correspondent Mohammed Elhamy is in the Egyptian capital:
“The Eid festival is not just about prayers and coming together it’s also about food. Egyptians share a special sweet kA’AEK with friends and relatives.”
Eid sweets are profoundly traditional. Their origins date back to the Pharaohs, though some say they first appeared during the Fatimid state.
No matter, they are found in all Egyptian households, rich or poor, during Eid.
“KA’AEK al-Eid is a tradition passed down through the generations. We always keep it alive. It also represents joy for children,” said one resident of the city.
“We grew up with KA’AEK al-Eid and remember the fun we had, we try to keep the tradition, which is good, “ agreed another.
In downtown Cairo the streets are crowded as people throng the markets and the festive feeling is palpable.