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Eid celebrations begin across the West Midlands
Sugar craft at Eid
A variety of special foods are made during Eid celebrations

Muslims across the West Midlands have begun this year's Eid ul Fitr celebrations marking the end of Ramadan - the holy month of fasting.

Three days of festivities begin after the first sighting of the new moon signifying the start of Shawaal, the tenth month in the Muslim calendar.

It is traditionally a time of great thanksgiving, sharing and feasting.

This year many Eid events will focus on those who have suffered in the Pakistan floods in August 2010.

Thousands have died and millions more have been left homeless and destitute by the worst flooding to hit Pakistan in its history.

One fifth of Pakistan - an area the size of England - has been submerged in water and many who are celebrating Eid in the UK say their thoughts will be with those who have been affected.

Islamic relief agencies have been making sure Eid gifts are being distributed in Pakistan to some of the badly-hit areas.

Midlands Masala will have further highlights from Eid celebrations on BBC WM 95.6FM on Sunday, 12 September between 7pm-10pm.



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