From June 25 to 26, the world’s Muslim community celebrated Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the breaking of the Ramadan fast, where practising Muslims forgo food and drink from sunrise to sunset, for one month.
The timing of Eid can be difficult, as it’s based on the appearance of a new moon, which can vary from country to country or be masked by cloudy skies.
Processions kick off with a special, early morning prayer and are then followed by feasts and festivities.
Islam is the second largest religion in the world by believers, which number around 1.8 billion. By 2070, it could overtake Christianity (currently about 2.2 billion believers) as the world’s largest religion.
Muslim populations are therefore prevalent in almost all corners of the globe and Eid celebrations are always a worldwide affair.
From Brooklyn to Beijing, here’s how the world’s Muslims celebrated Eid.
New Delhi, India.
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East Java, Indonesia.
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Juba, South Sudan.
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Mexico City, Mexico.
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Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
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