Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr
holiday, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Celebrations of the three-day holiday typically focus on family. Muslims begin
Eid al-Fitr with a special dawn prayer and a small meal to symbolically break
their month-long fast. Common Eid traditions include gift exchanges and the
wearing of new clothes.
The start of the Eid depends on the sighting of the crescent moon. It began
today (Wednesday) in many countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia,
Egypt, Iran and Algeria.
Most other nations, including many of the Arab states, marked the holiday on
In India and Bangladesh, clerics were unable to see the moon on Tuesday night,
and so the Eid will not begin until Thursday.