Eid 2021: Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

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Muslim worshippers around the world are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr, commonly known as Eid, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

An aerial view of three Muslim worshippers attending Eid al-Fitr prayer at al-Azhar mosque in the Egyptian capital CairoImage source, Khaled Desouki / AFP
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Muslim worshippers attend Eid al-Fitr prayer at al-Azhar mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo

Many Muslims will be attending Eid prayers at their mosque, early on 13 May.

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A worshipper from Afghanistan takes pictures during Eid al-Fitr prayers at al-Azhar mosque in Cairo

Believers will also enjoy large meals with friends and family, and exchange money and gifts - in many countries, Eid al-Fitr is a public holiday.

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Children look at toys following Eid al-Fitr prayers in Cairo

The name "Eid al-Fitr" translates as "the festival of the breaking of the fast".

Believers taking part in Ramadan haven't been eating or drinking during daylight hours, believing it will bring them closer to God.

As well as fasting, Ramadan is a time when Muslims are encouraged to give to charity, strengthen their relationship with God, and show kindness and patience.

Like the beginning of Ramadan, Eid begins with the first sighting of the new moon.

This year, many worshippers have had to mark Ramadan and Eid amid Covid restrictions.

Here are pictures from around the world showing Eid prayers and celebrations.

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A drone photo shows an aerial view of the Fatih Mosque as people gathered to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer in Istanbul, Turkey (above and below)
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People perform Eid al-Fitr prayer with masks and social distancing at the Grand Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
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Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate Ali Erbas gives a speech during an Islamic mass prayer ritual after performing Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
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In Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian Muslims perform the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer amid destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes (above and below)
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A Palestinian youth performs a jump outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City
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Worshippers at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham, UK, take part in Eid al-Fitr prayers
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Muslims gather at the Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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In Pristina, Kosovo, worshippers attended the Grand Mosque
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Children enjoy riding a swing during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Peshawar, Pakistan
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A child points out a balloon after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Karachi, Pakistan
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Worshippers pose for a photo after performing Eid prayers at the Masjid Noor Mosque in Nairobi, Kenya
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Muslims pray in Kara Isheri in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria
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Filipino Muslims eat a meal together as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the Garden Mosque in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines (above and below)
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Worshippers perform the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer at Dubai's Eid Musalla in the Gulf emirate's old port area
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A family walk past Dubai's Eid Musalla mosque after attending the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer
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In Baghdad, Iraq, Muslims wore face masks as they prayed at Abu Hanifa an-Numan Mosque
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A woman sprays hand sanitizer before Eid al-Fitr prayers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Indonesian Muslims pray at Al-Mabrur mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia (above and below)
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