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Eid Al-Fitr 2014: Muslims Celebrate The End Of Ramadan (PICTURES)

28/07/2014 12:02 BST | Updated 28/07/2014 18:59 BST

Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The festivities involve thanksgiving, merriment, feasting and the exchange of gifts and traditionally begin upon the sighting of the new moon.

A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”

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Muslims bow towards Mecca and offer prayers at the main mosque in Moscow

The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his compatriots after the battle of Badar.

In war-torn Gaza, many Muslims were pictured marking the celebration with prayer, though for some there was no cause for merriment.

Abeer Shamali spent the celebrations tending to the grave of her teenage son, buried just four days ago.

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Thaer, 16, was killed in an Israeli shelling in Shejaiya, eastern Gaza.

Abeer told AFP: “Ramadan is supposed to be a month of holiness, a month of the Koran, not a month of battles.

“How do I feel? I feel like any woman who has to bury her son on Eid. What am I supposed to do?”

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