Across the world, Eid al-Fitr celebrations have been taking place in another unprecedented year. With the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, Muslims in countries like the US and UK have been able to gather en masse for the first time in over a year, and celebrate the end of Ramadan. Meanwhile, across Asia, some ceremonies have been more muted and somber, as families continue to lose members to the virus.
Adding to the complex emotions around this year’s celebration, Muslim communities across the world have been demonstrating solidarity with the crisis in Gaza, where Israeli strikes have killed dozens of people, including many children. As millions share traditional feasts after a month of fasting, Eid will continue through the evening, and often through the week
Muslim worshippers listen to the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer sermon at Dubai’s Eid Musalla in the Gulf Emirate’s old port area as Muslims across the globe mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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People gather at Bergen Diyanet Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
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Policemen stand in the front of Jama Masjid to enforce Covid-19 rules on the eve of Eid-al-Fitr, during a lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India.
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Migrants in Rome, Italy, display Palestinian flags before prayer in solidarity with the Palestinian people at Largo Preneste, to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
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Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Al-Mabrur mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia.
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Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Islamic center in Lhokseumawe, Indonesia.
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People attend Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the oldest Al-Masfi mosque, which was damaged during the war against Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq.
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Girls walk along with their mother on Eid-al-Fitr in Srinagar, Kashmir as the Jammu and Kashmir authorities tightened Covid curfew on Eid day to stop further spread of the virus.
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This aeriel view shows Muslim worshippers listening to the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer sermon at a soccer stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as Muslims across the globe mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
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A child accompanying his parents buy balloons after offering special prayers on Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Family members pray at the grave of departed relatives on the first day of Eid al-Fitr during celebrations of the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat.
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People gather to pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday.
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Muslim girls ride on a mini-train after attending the Eid Al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Filipino Muslims eat a meal together as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the Garden Mosque on Thursday in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. Parts of the Philippines remain under strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with religious venues restricted to 20% capacity only.
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Palestinian children play on an amusement ride in Gaza City on Thursday as they mark Eid al-Fitr. Muslims around the world marked a sombre Eid al-Fitr amid rising hostilities between Israel and Palestinians.
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An Indonesian Muslim wears a face mask, designed in the likeness of the Palestinian flag, to curb the spread of Covid-19 as she prays at the Great Mosque of Al Azhar during Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Muslim girls display their hands painted with traditional henna to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Thursday.
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