October 25, 2016

Muslims around the world mark end of Ramadan

Prayers, feast and family time brought Ramadan to an end

Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The festival ends weeks of fasting, and is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar.

Its exact start varies from country to country based on moon sightings, but people have been celebrating with feasts and family.

This year, however, Ramadan was marred by major attacks in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia was hit by three suicide attacks on Monday, including one near Islam’s second holiest site. Sunday’s Islamic State-claimed bombing in Iraq killed 165 people.

Here is how the end of Ramadan, and the start of Eid looked around the world.

In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, children marched through the streets in colourful costume holding lanterns

Fireworks featured at many events, such as here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

These Pakistani women in Islamabad prepared by decorating their hands with traditional henna

Muslims in Hyderabad, India, packed this market place to do some last-minute shopping

Space was also tight on board this passenger train in Dhaka, Bangladesh as people travelled home to celebrate the festival

Muslims prayed in the street outside the central mosque in Moscow

Celebrations were more austere at this refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany where this man and daughter marked the festival for the first time since leaving Syria

Shopkeepers in the Iraqi capital Baghdad said trade was exceptionally low following the attacks over the weekend

Festivities continued in Douma, near the Syrian city of Damascus, despite a government siege

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