Turkey has endorsed end of the holy month Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr on Thursday as many Muslim countries will celebrate on Friday.
This year Eid al-Fitr will start in Saudi Arabia, Africa and North America on Friday, September 10, but some countries such as Pakistan will celebrate the day on Saturday.
Turkey has marked this Eid amid heated debates over the Sept. 12 public vote on a package of proposed changes to the Constitution. The constitutional amendment package, and the approaching referendum, are expected to be the most popular topics of conversation during Eid get-togethers this year.
Traditionally, people in Turkey visit family and friends in their hometowns during religious holidays. Traveling by bus is a popular option.
In Saudi Arabia, seen as the beacon of Sunni Islam, the supreme court ruled that Thursday would be the final day of fasting, before the Eid celebration opens the new month of Shawwal, according to the announcement on the official SPA news agency.
Most of the Gulf countries follow the lead of Saudi Arabia, home to the two holiest cities of Islam Mecca and Medina, to set the day of the Eid feast.
Egypt's Darul-Ifta, the body that issues Islamic edicts, also announced that Thursday would be the last day of fasting for Egyptians.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by holy Ramadan and is marked by several days of festivities.
Ramadan is a fasting month for Muslims who realize the one-month period as an opportunity for inward-looking, purification of the soul and the body, enhancing social relations and promoting assistance to the poor.
Every physically and mentally able adult Muslim is obliged to perform the absolute dawn-to-dusk abstinence from food and drink, and sex.