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Muslims break fast after Ramadan as Eid al-Fitr festival gets underway

08/08/13 14:26 CET

Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. The holy month of fasting is now followed by a festival lasting several days.

Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem gathered for morning prayers.

In Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas placed a wreath on the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat. He said that this year’s festival was especially happy because of Israel’s decision to free 104 Palestinian prisoners.

In France, which has some five million Muslims, the Great Mosque of Paris intervened to settle a disagreement over the start date for Ramadan. There was no such debate over the end as thousands turned out for Eid.

Thousands of kilometres to the east, in the Russian region of Tatarstan they are also celebrating. It is traditional for Muslims to demonstrate unity, often forgiving old wrongs and giving money to the poor.

It is also forbidden to fast, and so food is prepared specially for the occasion, with friends and relatives invited to share the feast.

In Egypt the traditional treats are cookies made with nuts and sugar. This year the country’s political crisis has overshadowed the festival and shops have reported poor trade.

In Bangladesh millions of people left the capital Dhaka to return to their home towns to celebrate with families and friends.

Trains and ferries were jam-packed, but most still found a way to board railway carriages or boats somehow.

  • Eid al-Fitr. Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Album by Anadolu agency

  • Eid al-Fitr. Mecca, Saudi Arabia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Syrian refugees in Turkey

  • Eid al-Fitr. Syrian refugees in Turkey

  • Eid al-Fitr. Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Eid al-Fitr. Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Eid al-Fitr. Jerusalem.

  • Eid al-Fitr. Jerusalem.

  • Eid al-Fitr. Palestinian territories.

  • Eid al-Fitr. Skopje, FYR Macedonia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Tirana, Albania

  • Eid al-Fitr. Serbia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Moscow, Russia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Moscow, Russia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Eid al-Fitr. Ankara, Turkey

Ramadan 2013

  • Ramadan through the eyes of children

    REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

  • Ramadan in the north-eastern state of Kelantan, Malaysia

    REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

  • Ramadan prayer in Jerusalem

    REUTERS/Ammar Awad

  • Ramadan preparations in Kabul

    REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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