(CNN) More than one billion Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, as the month-long Ramadan fast ends and the festivities begin.
This year’s Eid comes amid ongoing crises in the Middle East — the civil war in Syria, the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar — but the celebrations mark a time when communities within the Muslim world come together.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
One of the most important days for Muslims, this is the “festival of breaking the fast.”
Families and friends gather to mark the end of Ramadan and show gratitude to Allah. Eid al-Fitr doesn’t have any historical links; instead, the celebrations focus on the community and family, and a spirit of generosity is encouraged.