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Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Women in a Pakistani family display their hands decorated with traditional henna in preparation for the upcoming Eid al Fitr holiday at a market in Islamabad, Pakistan.
An Indian Muslim family takes a selfie after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers in Mumbai, India.
A Kenyan Muslim girl attends the Eid al-Fitr prayers outdoors as Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya.
A girl carries a Quran during Eid al-Fitr prayers along the Mekong river of Tanong, northeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Indonesian Muslim women looks at balloons after an Eid al-Fitr prayer to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Egyptians attend Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a public park, outside al-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.
Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Gauhati, India.
Muslims gather at a local park to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramadan known as Eid al Fit in Manila, Philippines.
Pakistani children enjoy camel ride while they and others visit Clifton beach to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holidays in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Muslims around the world have been celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a time for family and feasting, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its daytime fasting.

Businesses closed across the Muslim world, as people dressed up and visited relatives, enjoying their first daytime meals in a lunar month. Mosques held special prayers at sunrise, and children received gifts or a special allowance.

The holiday lasts one to three days, and is eagerly anticipated after the month of fasting.

During Ramadan, the faithful refrain from eating, drinking, smoking or sexual activity from dawn to dusk, with even a small sip of water enough to invalidate the fast, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

For the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is second only to Eid al-Adha, which comes around two months later.

Here is a selection of Eid al-Fitr photos from around the world.