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How the World Is Celebrating the End of Ramadan

Aug 9 2013 - 2:50pm

To mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim world is saying goodbye to fasting and hello to feasting. This week was Eid al-Fitr, the festival that comes after a holy month of not eating or drinking from sunup to sundown, an observance considered one of the five pillars of Islam. Across the Middle East and Asia, worshipers took to the streets to wish each other "Eid Mubarak" or "happy feast," and in the US, President Obama wished Muslims a "blessed and joyful celebration." Because the timing of Eid al-Fitr is dependent on the moon, it begins at different times throughout the world and started at sundown on Thursday in America. See gorgeous photos of the celebrations so far.

Muslims in Gresik, Indonesia, studied the moon, preparing for the end of Ramadan.

Women in Karachi, Pakistan, shopped for bangles ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

In New Delhi, India, a Muslim woman covered her head with a veil after hundreds gathered to break their fast for the last time during the holy month of Ramadan.

A woman in London, England, enjoyed ice cream during an Eid celebration at Burgess Park.

A child looked up during a special Eid al-Fitr morning prayer in Bali.

Fire lit up the air during a celebration in Sidoarjo, Indonesia.

A woman in Hyderabad, India, had her hands painted with a henna design.

Young women laughed during a celebration at Burgess Park in London, England.

In Hyderabad, India, a woman painted traditional designs on another woman's hands.

People gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast.

Saudi children looked on in front of a security guard after the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer.

Muslims gathered for a traditional prayer in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

In Tel Aviv, Israel, a Muslim family enjoyed time in the sea during Ramadan.

In Qalandia, Palestine, observers headed to a mosque in the West Bank during the month of Ramadan.

Women in Tel Aviv, Israel, took in the sunset during Eid al-Fitr.

A young girl played with her mother's phone during the Eid al-Fitr festival in the Philippines.

Women in Pakistan prayed during the Eid al-Fitr prayers in Lahore.

Muslims gathered at the Badshahi Masjid Mosque in Pakistan to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the end of Ramadan.

Pakistani women greeted each other after the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Lahore.

In Palestine, people enjoyed themselves at an amusement park after the Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

Indian Muslims prayed as part of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan.

Palestinian little ones went swimming in Hawara a day after the Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

A vendor carried heart-shaped balloons through the streets of India as people prepared for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

Palestinian little ones went swimming in Hawara at the end of Ramadan.

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