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

28/07/2014 12:02 | Updated 28 July 2014

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.

“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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    Muslim women pray inside Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival began in Cyprus and notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Thai Muslims pray at a mosque on the first day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, after the sighting of the new crescent moon. AFP PHOTO / Tuwaedaniya MERINGING (Photo credit should read Tuwaedaniya MERINGING/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Muslim women pray inside Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival began in Cyprus and notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People arrive for morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women prepare for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People arrive for morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women wait for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People ride on Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: A girl blows bubbles during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A view of the Indian historical monuments Mecca Masjid (L) and Charminar (R) are pictured at dusk in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women prepare for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    An Indonesian Muslim weeps as she offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    A young Indonesian Muslim is embraced by her mother as they offer Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Egyptian family walks under a giant banner supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    An Indonesian girl holds a balloon during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
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    A Muslim worshipper holds a Muslim rosary during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Lisbon's Martim Moniz square, Monday, July 28, 2014. Muslims traditionally start the day with dawn prayers and visiting cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead, with children getting new clothes, toys, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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    An Indonesian Muslim woman adjusts a selfie stick as she prepares to take a selfie during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
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    Bosnian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Atik Behram begova mosque, build in 1888, in northern Bosnian town of Tuzla 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, July 28 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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    Filipino Muslims gather at Rizal Park to pray in celebration of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan Monday, July 28, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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    Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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    Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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    Bangladeshi Muslims living in Malaysia offer a prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Sulltan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in capital Pristina Monday, July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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