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Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid prayers, though wars in Gaza, Syria cloud celebrations

A Bahraini fisherman points toward where a slim crescent moon should be visible to indicate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Malkiya v...
A young boy stands as Muslims pray during the Eid al Fitr prayer marking the end of the Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Exhibition Center...
Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Ce...
Yemeni worshippers attend  Eid al-Fitr prayers that mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Phot...
An Indonesian girl holds a balloon during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyaka...
Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Lisbon's Martim Moniz squa...
Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gather and offer prayers in open ground during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in coastal town Mombasa, Kenya ...

APTOPIX Mideast Bahrain Eid

A Bahraini fisherman points toward where a slim crescent moon should be visible to indicate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Malkiya v...

France Ramadan

A young boy stands as Muslims pray during the Eid al Fitr prayer marking the end of the Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Exhibition Center...

Spain Ramadan

Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Ce...

Mideast Yemen Eid

Yemeni worshippers attend Eid al-Fitr prayers that mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Phot...

Indonesia Ramadan

An Indonesian girl holds a balloon during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyaka...

Portugal Ramadan

Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Lisbon's Martim Moniz squa...

Kenya Ramadan

Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gather and offer prayers in open ground during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in coastal town Mombasa, Kenya ...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Families dressed in their finest clothes and children carried their new toys as they headed to mosques early Monday morning to observe traditional Eid prayers.

But the mood was dark for millions of people affected by the Syrian civil war, the Gaza war and the militant advance in Iraq.

Muslims in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, across the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. are celebrating Eid Monday. Millions in India, Pakistan and Morocco are still fasting and will likely celebrate Eid on Tuesday.

Muslims use a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to the month of fasting ending on different days.


Updated : 2021-04-17 19:20 GMT+08:00