Saturday, October 13, 2007

Around the World: 'Eid al-Fitr

Tens of thousands of Muslims gather to pray at the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca's Grand Mosque to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr.
Millions of Afghans began Eid celebrations with prayers, and will visit relatives and friends to offer sweets and enjoy specially prepared meals.

In Indonesia, which has the world's largest population of Muslims, Eid is known as Hari Raya Idul Fitri - the Great Day of Celebration.

As the three-day festival began, Muslims gathered for early morning prayers, like this group in the Philippines.

Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting, but also thank God for the strength they believe he gave them during Ramadan to help them practise self-control.

[Source: BBC Interactive]

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