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Millions on the move as Ramadan ends, Eid begins


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Millions on the move as Ramadan ends, Eid begins

As the Holy Month of Ramadan comes to an end, millions of Muslims are returning home from large cities to celebrate Eid al-fitr.

Most countries expect to mark the first day of Eid on Sunday, which traditionally begins with the sighting of the new moon.

In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, public transport is struggling to cope with the exodus from the city.
At railway stations, eyewitnesses describe scenes of chaos as thousands of people rush to jump on the roof of packed trains.

While most travellers will queue for hours for a ferry ticket to leave the city, the Buriganga river is filled with wooden rowboats, which some people have rented hoping to board a ferry after it has sailed.

In Pakistan’s capital Karachi, the Friday markets were packed as people prepared to celebrate Eid.

Coming after a month of fasting, the festival is a chance to dress up and look your best and wear brand new clothes. But many people are concerned about rising prices at the markets.

“We have to buy, that’s why we are buying things at high tourist rates. They should have much lower prices because every type of customer comes here and buys things but still the rates are very high,” said one woman.

Eid is also a time for charity, and in Pakistan, after years of boom, that help is needed more than ever. The number of people living below the poverty line has grown from 25 to 40 percent in just five years.

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