Muslims break fast worldwide after Ramadan as Eid al-Fitr festival gets underway

Euro news: Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. The holy month of fasting is now followed by a festival lasting several days.

Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem gathered for morning prayers.

 

In Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas placed a wreath on the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat. He said that this year’s festival was especially happy because of Israel’s decision to free 104 Palestinian prisoners.

In France, which has some five million Muslims, the Great Mosque of Paris intervened to settle a disagreement over the start date for Ramadan. There was no such debate over the end as thousands turned out for Eid.

Thousands of kilometres to the east, in the Russian region of Tatarstan they are also celebrating. It is traditional for Muslims to demonstrate unity, often forgiving old wrongs and giving money to the poor.

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