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Massive Crowds Of Travelers Head Home For End Of Ramadan (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/30/11 01:51 PM ET   Updated: 10/30/11 06:12 AM ET

Muslims all over the world are heading home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and celebrates the spirituality of the previous month. The holiday falls on the first day when the new moon becomes visible and is typically shared with close friends and family members. That makes the three day holiday one of the busiest travel days of the year, particularly in South and Southeast Asia, where Eid celebrations are exceptionally lavish.

Eid al-Fitr is also an occasion for gift giving, so the malls and markets of heavily Muslim countries like Bangladesh have been and will be clogged. Though some countries will celebrate the holiday on Wednesday, timing tends to vary for place to place.

Travelers in India, Pakistan or Indonesia may be treated to amazing views of massive and cheerful migrations.


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Filed by Andrew Burmon  |