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Millions of Muslims across the world celebrate Eid ul Fitr

Millions of Muslims across the world celebrate Eid ul Fitr

Millions of people around the world have gathered for prayers and feasting to mark the end of the Holy Month

Across the world, millions of Muslims have marked the end of Ramadan with prayers, feasting and family time.

Traditional greetings during the Islamic holiday begin with Eid Mubarak, which means “Have a blessed Eid.” Families gather together to pray, share meals and mark an end to the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Most of the countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Iran, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and others marked Eid ul-Fitr on Wednesday, 6 July, with the exception of India and Bangladesh where Eid has been declared on Thursday, 7 July.

Eid celebrations in Turkey and Russia came a day before Saudi Arabia and others.

This year’s celebrations are marred by a string of terror attacks seen throughout Ramadan, the attacks – mostly claimed by ISIS-affiliated militants – targeting Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Aarbia, Egypt, Yemen, Bangladesh and the United States, killing hundreds of people.

On July 5, a suicide attack in Saudi city of Medina — the resting place of the Prophet Mohammed and the second-most holy site in Islam—killed at least four security officers. Only two days before, massive suicide bombing killed more than 200 Ramadan shoppers in a busy street in Baghdad, Iraq. And on July 1, at least 20 people were killed by gunmen in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka after a 10-hour-long hostage situation at a cafe.

This is why in many places, a dark shadow stretches over those celebrations as people try to come to terms with the horror that has befallen them over the past few weeks.

People light candles in Karada neighborhood in Baghdad where more than 200 people were killed in recent ISIS attack.

People light candles in Karada neighborhood in Baghdad where more than 200 people were killed in recent ISIS attack.

In Baghdad, thousands gathered in the burnt out ruins of a shopping centre destroyed by ISIS on Sunday, lighting candles and remembering the 250 people who died in the worst violence to hit the Iraqi capital since 2003.

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a time for self-reflection, spiritual renewal, developing discipline, focusing on actions with purpose and giving back to humanity. It is also an opportunity to connect with loved ones over dinner as they break the fast with family and friends. During Eid ul Fitr, Muslims celebrate their patience, perseverance, and hard work.

Eid celebration photos from around the world:

Turkish Muslims offer Eid al Fitr prayers as they mark the first day of the Eid al-Fitr at Fatih Sultan Mosque on July 5, 2016 in Istanbul. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkish Muslims offer Eid al Fitr prayers as they mark the first day of the Eid al-Fitr at Fatih Sultan Mosque on July 5, 2016 in Istanbul. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Muslims gather to offer prayers at the central mosque in Moscow on July 5, 2016, during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images

Muslims gather to offer prayers at the central mosque in Moscow on July 5, 2016, during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani women share greeting after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers at the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: AP

Pakistani women share greeting after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers at the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: AP

There were happier scenes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where children paraded through the streets to mark the end of Ramadan.

There were happier scenes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where children paraded through the streets to mark the end of Ramadan.

A Palestinian man shows traditional date-filled cookies at a bakery in Jerusalem's Old City on July 5, 2016, ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Ahmad Gharabali/AFP/Getty

A Palestinian man shows traditional date-filled cookies at a bakery in Jerusalem’s Old City on July 5, 2016, ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Ahmad Gharabali/AFP/Getty

People arrive at the historic Niujie mosque as Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr 2016 in Chinese capital, Beijing. Photo: Damir Sagoli/Reuters

People arrive at the historic Niujie mosque as Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr 2016 in Chinese capital, Beijing. Photo: Damir Sagoli/Reuters

Malaysian Muslims offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Malaysian Muslims offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Pakistani men sell balloons after Eid prayers in Karachi. Photo: Rehan Khan/EPA

Pakistani men sell balloons after Eid prayers in Karachi. Photo: Rehan Khan/EPA

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