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In pictures: Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fir prayer outside the Imam Turki mosque at sunrise in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Millions of Muslims are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

A woman prays for Eid al-Fitr in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Around the world, the three-day celebration began with prayers.

Muslims pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

For the last month Muslims have been observing a dawn-to-dusk fast.

A woman holds her child as she prays in Jakarta, Indonesia

The start of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon and can vary regionally and according to sect.

A Bosnian Muslim girl visits a grave at a Sarajevo cemetery

Many Bosnian Muslims mark the occasion by visiting the graves of their relatives.

Iraqi children play in Sadr City, Baghdad, at the start of Eid al-Fitr

Following a month of fasting and prayer, Eid al-Fitr is also a time when children celebrate with games and play.

Girls in Pakistan show their hands, painted with henna ahead of Eid

Children are often given new clothes for the festival, and some paint their hands with henna.

A blindfolded Filipino girl hits a clay pot filled with candies and powder during Eid games

Others win sweets and toys in Eid al-Fitr games.

A woman buys bananas in a market in Stone Town, Zanzibar

People buy food to mark the festival with family gatherings and meals.

Shoppers in a street near the Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi, India

Markets in Delhi were filled with shoppers despite the recent bomb attacks there.

A child enjoys a fairground ride in Cairo, Egypt

The festival is traditionally a time for Muslims to put problems behind them and look to the future.

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