31 Incredible Photos Of Muslims Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr Around The World

Eid Mubarak!

1. Millions of Muslims around the world are today celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that comes after the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims believe the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

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Jama Masjid, New Delhi, India.

2. The day typically begins with morning prayers followed by a special prayer to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The same prayer takes place across the world. The people praying below are in Yemen.

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Sanaa, Yemen.

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Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.

4. And this group is praying in Gaza City, in the Palestinian Territories.

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Great Omari Mosque, Gaza city, Palestinian Territories.

5. Since the prayers take place so early in the morning, it’s a little easy to get distracted. This kid, in Indonesia, was mesmerised by a remote-controlled camera flying overhead.

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Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia.

6. And this adorable child, in Kosovo, can be forgiven for yawning.

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Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque, Pristina, Kosovo.

7. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.

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Shah-e Doh Shamshira mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan.

8. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk as an act of submission to God.

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Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque, Pristina, Kosovo.

9. Abstaining from food is meant to increase empathy towards those less fortunate around the world.

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Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia.

10. But the morning prayers don’t just take place in mosques.

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Lakemba Mosque, Sydney, Australia.

11. Some take place in open fields.


Bajrah Sandhi monument, Denpasar, Bali.

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Public park in Manila, Philippines.

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Kandahar, Afghanistan.

14. Others take place on the streets.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

15. And this one took place outside the separation barrier in Bilin, during a protest against Israel’s military operation on the Gaza Strip.

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Bilin, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

16. The protest began again once they had completed the prayers.

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Bilin, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

17. The importance of the morning prayer can be demonstrated by the lengths many go to in order to attend the prayer session.

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Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia.

19. Which also led to some incredible photography.

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Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia.

20. Following the morning prayers, Muslims tend to visit the cemetery to remember family members.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

21. But it’s fair to say that Eid is a celebration for the whole family.

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Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Herat, Afghanistan.

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Narathiwat, Thailand.

24. That’s why Muslims go out of their way to look good for Eid. Whether it’s having a haircut before the big day.

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Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories.

25. Or buying new shoes especially for the occasion.

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Sanaa, Yemen.

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Al-Asrouniyeh market,, Damascus, Syria.

27. Or getting henna painted on your hands.

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Karachi, Pakistan.

28. It’s a great time for local economies, too, as people flood to markets and shops to buy gifts for their friends and relatives.

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Ahmedabad, India.

29. And that always includes a selection of sweets.

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Sanaa, Yemen.

30. Meanwhile some world leaders have used the opportunity for some politicking. Here’s Syria’s leader Bashar al Assad attending prayers in Damascus.

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Al-Khair mosque, Damascus, Syria. Reuters has said that it is unable to verify the authenticity of the image, provided by the Syrian news agency SANA.

31. And here’s the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai inspecting the honour guard after the morning prayers.

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Presidential palace, Kabul, Afghanistan.

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