In pictures: From Jakarta to Jeddah, believers celebrate Eid ul-Fitr
The end of the holy month of Ramzan has come to the end with Muslims around the world celebrating Eid ul-Fitr. This also marks the end of weeks of fasting. On the Muslim calendar, this is one of the most important events. The Eid ul-Fitr festival lasts one to three days, depending on geographical location. Eid ul-Fitr simply means "festival of breaking the fast". The following month is known as Shawwal. Some say, for the 1.5 million Muslims around the world, Eid ul-Fitr is second only to Eid al-Adha, which is two months after.
The typical greeting on this day is Eid Mubarak.
The exact start of the festival, differs from country to country depending on the sighting of the moon, This year, celebrations has been marred by various terrorist attacks in Bangladesh (one attack just happened in Kishoreganj on 7 July), Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. During Ramzan, believers abstain from drinking and eating anything during daylight hours.
In places like Kabul, Afghanistan, special treats are baked for the occasion. At the heart of the celebrations is a feast. Typically, Muslims enjoy a small breakfast before going ahead with morning prayers. Thereafter, they go to friends and families places and are served a lavish feast. Most exchange gifts also. In Delhi, Muslims gathered at Jama Masjid at around six in the morning to perform Eid prayers.
As Eid ul-Fitr celebrations go on around the world, here's a selection of photos:
Text by Sahil Bhalla