Political slant to Eid celebrations

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Political slant to Eid celebrations

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Eid celebrations have a special importance in Egypt this year.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square – just months ago packed with protesters demanding an end to Hosni Mubarak’s rule – filled with Muslims marking the end of Ramadan.

With the president now ousted, the mood was joyful.

“This is the first time we pray for Eid in Tahrir Square. We feel freedom and happiness. We thank God this Eid is without Mubarak,” said one man.

“Freedom, happiness and freedom for the Egyptian people and may every year find you in good health and may God always keep things as good as they are,” added another.

In Jerusalem, many worshippers flocked to the Al-Aqsa Mosque – Islam’s third holiest site.

It is a journey not all Palestinians are allowed to make – a point Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh underlined in prayers in the Gaza Strip.

In conflict-ridden Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai used the occasion to call for Afghans to come together in peace as efforts to reach out to the Taliban continue.