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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday as Ramadan ends

A girl shows mehndi (henna tattoos) decorating her hands and arms ahead of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Reuters)

Staff writer, Al Arabiya EnglishSunday, 25 June 2017 

Muslims across the globe gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, a holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world. The celebrations begin when the fasting month of Ramadan ends and the following month of Shawwal begins.

Muslim American friends take part in the last Iftar of Ramadan, ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, on a beach in Long Branch, New Jersey, US, June 24, 2017. (Reuters)

Muslims around the world rise early Saturday morning in order to pray dawn prayers, that are performed in a special way during Eid.

A girl tries out a dress at a charity center ahead of Eid al-Fitr, in the rebel-held besieged Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria June 24, 2017. (Reuters)

Traditional greetings during the Islamic holiday begin with Eid Mubarak, which means “Have a blessed Eid.” Families gather together to pray, share meals and mark an end to the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Muslim women attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Taipei, Taiwan June 25, 2017. (Reuters)

Moon sighting

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar had confirmed that Eid al-Fitr will begin on Sunday after the crescent moon was sighted.

Traffic clogs the roads as people head home ahead of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan June 24, 2017. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, Oman’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs has announced that Sunday, June 25, will be the last day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and Monday, June 26, will be the first day of Shawal or the first day of Eid al-Fitr after failing to sight to crescent moon in Muscat.

Nigeria Muslims attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers as Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP)

Muslim children race to get balloons after the prayers of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan. (Reuters)

Many Muslim-majority countries celebrate the end of Ramadan by granting public holidays.

This year, public sector workers in Saudi Arabia will enjoy 10 days off after Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed the kingdom's new crown prince last Wednesday.

People shop for festive goodies in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters)


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