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In pictures: Celebrating Eid

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims perform the early morning Eid al-Fitr prayers at the al-Haram Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Muslims around the world have begun celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival which marks the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

A Pakistani shopkeeper arranges sweets for customers in Peshawar

The end of Ramadan is marked with a celebratory meal - the first daytime meal for many Muslims for a month.

A child among Saudi men at morning prayers at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh

The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Special services are held outdoors and in mosques.

Palestinainas next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem.

Many Muslims, like these Palestinians at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, started Eid with early morning prayers.

A Saudi woman arrives at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque to offer morning prayers in Riyadh

Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for helping them practise self-control during Ramadan.

An Iraqi Sunni Muslim woman visits the grave of a loved one at the Al-Ghasali cemetery in Baghdad on the first day of Eid

Eid is a time of forgiveness and making amends. For many Muslims, like this Iraqi woman, it is also a time to remember loved ones.

Palestinian Muslims buy palm fronds in Jerusalem to lay on the graves relatives as an Eid tradition

Amongst Palestinian Muslims it is traditional to buy palm fronds to lay on the graves of relatives.

Afghan street children ask a man for money outside the Eid Gah mosque in Kabul

The start of Eid celebrations saw these street children begging for money outside the Eid Gah mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

A young Filipino attends prayers near the Bue Mosque in Manila's southern Taguig city suburb

In the Phillipines - which is majority Christian - Eid was recognised as a regular holiday in 2002, in an effort to promote peace between the major religions in the country.

Albanian Muslims pray next to the main mosque in Tirana

Islam is widely considered to be Europe's fastest growing religion. These Albanian worshippers are thought to be amongst 2.2m Muslims in the country - about 70% of the population.




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