Muslims have begun celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramazan with solemn sunrise prayers followed by savoury high-calorie feasts to mark their holiest holiday. Thursday's celebrations come despite concerns over violence looming in parts of Asia and elsewhere.
In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, throngs of believers went to mosques for the start of Eid al-Fitr. The three-day festivities end a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayer for Muslims. The holiday is also a time of reflection, forgiveness and charity.
Indian Muslim children hug and wish each other after offering Eid prayers in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 9. — Photo AP
Nepalese Muslims greet each other after performing congregational Eid ul-Fitr prayers at Kashmiri Mosque in Kathmandu on August 9, 2013. — Photo AFP
A Bangladeshi Muslim offers Eid ul-Fitr prayers in Dhaka on August 9, 2013. — Photo AFP
Muslims pray at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) during Eid ul-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 9, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Muslims offer prayers at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr in New Delhi August 9, 2013. — Photo Reuters.
Kashmiri Muslim women hug as they greet each other before offering prayers at Eidgah, or an open-air mosque, in Srinagar, India, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. — Photo AP
Indian Muslims take part in Eid ul-Fitr prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. — Photo AP
A little girl stands by a family member during a service to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the Tri-State Islamic Center in Dubuque, Iowa. — Photo AP
Pakistani Muslims exchange greetings after offering Eid ul-Fitr prayers during the first day of their religious festival in Karachi on August 9, 2013. — Photo AFP
Tears roll from the eyes of a Muslim boy after he applied kohl to his eyelid before Eid ul-Fitr mass prayers at the Kashmiri Takiya Jame mosque in Kathmandu August 9, 2013. — Photo Reuters
A Muslim woman takes pictures with her mobile phone at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) during Eid u-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 9, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Indian Muslims offer Eid ul-Fitr prayers at the 600-Year old Sarkhej Roza in Ahmedabad on August 9, 2013. — Photo AFP
Indian Muslims offer Eid u-Fitr prayers at the Nakhoda Mosque in Kolkata on August 9, 2013. — Photo AFP