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Breaking the Fast on Eid al-Fitr Day

For more photos and videos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, browse the #EidalFitr, #عيدالفطر and #EidMubarak hashtags.

Eid Mubarak! The new moon was sighted on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, which indicates the end of Ramadan and the period of celebration that begins the following day. Commonly known as Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) in the Arabic-speaking world, the festival also goes by other names such as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia and Shemai Eid in Bangladesh.

While there are many Eid customs such as attending mass prayers, gathering for family reunions, exchanging gifts and dressing in new clothes, eating plays a crucial role as it brings an end to the month-long fast of Ramadan. Holiday dishes vary from country to country, but all are meant to make up big feasts that can easily fill up the entire family as well as guests. Families bring out traditional varieties of homemade sweets and many also make generous donations of food during the holiday, as Eid also celebrates extending good will to others.

The holiday can last up to three days depending on the country, and Instagrammers taking part in the festivities are sharing their moments filled with good food and good spirits.

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Ramadan Begins Around the World

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, has begun, and devout Muslims across the world will observe the month by fasting during the daytime.

The sacred nature of Ramadan is rooted in Muslim belief that Muhammad’s first revelation came during this period. Muslims adhering to the fasting ritual will give up food and drink from dawn until sunset until the month ends on August 7.

Experience Ramadan around the world by exploring the #ramadan hashtag.

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Ramadan Begins

#Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, begins around the world this weekend. No food or drink is allowed from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, but when it’s time to eat, the suhoor (morning meal) and iftar (evening meal) can be feasts.

Muslims believe Allah revealed the first verses of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan. The sighting of the new moon officially signals the start of the holiday and since the Muslim lunar calendar moves back through the seasons, Ramadan starts 11 days earlier each year under the Western calendar. The holiday began in Thailand and Indonesia on Friday. India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Bangladesh will start Saturday or Sunday.