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Eid Ul-Fitr: End Of Ramadan Celebrations Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/30/2011 11:50 am   Updated: 10/30/2011 5:12 am

Eid ul-Fitr, aka Eid, is a three-day Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Traditionally, the festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Today (Aug. 30) is the first day of Eid in the U.S.

During Eid, Muslims thank Allah for the help and strength given to them throughout the previous month and celebrate the end of fasting by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes.

To mark the beginning of Eid, Muslims go to their local mosque to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat and many also give special charitable contributions, known as Zakat al-Fitr.

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Bosnian Muslim children smile as they count money, collected as a gift from older villagers , a traditional part of the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in the village of Vranduk, 80 kms north of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo,Tuesday,Aug. 30, 2011. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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