World Bulletin / News Desk
Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
During the month of Ramadan, practising Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.
The timing of Eid al-Fitr, or "the festival of breaking the fast", can be tricky, as it is based on the sighting of the new moon, and it often varies from country to country.
The holiday is usually celebrated for three days, although it can vary depending on the country.
Celebrations begin with a special early morning prayer in mosques and open-air areas and later move on to feasts and festivals.
Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is believed that the Quran’s first verse was revealed during the last 10 nights of this month.
The exact date of Eid depends on the lunar cycle, and it is traditionally celebrated for three days – although from country to country, the festival can last anywhere from one to four days.
Celebrations then take place with friends and family, as well as among the whole community.
Children often receive new clothes and their first pocket money, and parents exchange gifts and pastries.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “To everyone celebrating in London and around the world, happy Eid al-Fitr! From my family to yours.”
Muslims in the UK generally celebrate Eid for a single day.
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