Most Muslims around the world are preparing to end the fasting month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
Sometimes called the ‘Sugar feast’ or ‘Sweet festival’, both names give a hint about one of the vital ingredients and why normally it is a popular time with children.
One man in Jerusalem however, said that the Gaza conflict was overshadowing preparations for the festival. People were coming out shopping but only really for things for the children.
Elsewhere it remains a busy time for confectioners and bakers and the Kaak biscuit is the mainstay of the Eid celebration in Egypt. The little delicacy comes in all price ranges so rich and poor can afford them.
“It’s an Egyptian custom. Some things might change and even if the country is going through a few ups and downs people don’t stop buying the biscuits,” said baker Ramy.
The holiday – which can range from one to three days – begins with the sighting of the new moon which can also vary from country to country.
What remains a constant is that wherever in the world Eid al Fitr is celebrated it is most notably a time for families and friends to come together.