Muslims in the Arab World and all over the globe – with the exception of a few countries where the moon of the new month was not sighted – are celebrating the start of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday June 4th, AP has reported.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The Muslims' Eid (Feast), on the first of Shawal month of the Hijra Calendar, starts with a congregational prayer which all family members are keen to attend in mosques or in open-air locations such as parks.
As in previous years, the Muslim world was split on when the start of Eid is, as it is based on a sighting of the new moon by eye. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE start Eid on Tuesday, whereas Egypt, Syria, Jordan and others will not start until Wednesday.
Although the three-day holiday is an occasion of festivity and joy for Muslims, this year's Eid comes amid war and turmoil in more than one area, including Libya, Yemen and Sudan.