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Muslims cepebrate "Eid-ul-Fitr"

Photos Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in Tehran by ISNA

Tehran, Oct 1, IRNA - Most Muslim countries are celebrating on Wednesday the `Eid-ul-Fitr' (the Feast of Fast Breaking), which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Muslims in a few countries like India, where the Shawwal crescent was not sighted on Tuesday, will celebrate `Eid-ul-Fitr' on Thursday.

On the occasion of `Eid-ul-Fitr', Muslims wear new clothes, give gifts to children, donate alms to the poor and visit friends and relatives.

`Eid-ul-Fitr' is the first of the two main festivals in Islam.

The second festival is `Eid-ul-Adha' (the Feast of Sacrifice), which is celebrated during the 12th month of the Islamic calender `Zul Hijjah,' the month of the pilgrimage to Mecca.

`Eid-ul-Fitr' is a day of great rejoicing for Muslims as it follows a month-long fasting period with the main goal of serving God.

They begin their Eid with a short morning prayer in congregation in order to express their collective thanks and gratitude to their creator.

In many Muslim countries special sweets are cooked to mark the joyous occasion.

Though `Eid-ul-Fitr' marks the end of Ramadan, Muslims bid farewell to this blessed month after having developed better morals, habits, and character.

The English News Desk of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) seizes the opportunity to congratulate the faithful on behalf of IRNA management and staff on the happy and auspicious occasion.


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