Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is being celebrated worldwide on Monday.
Traditionally, Eid is a three-day celebration marked by large family festivities and prayers.
The moon for the month of Shawwal was not sighted in Pakistan yesterday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced Sunday. Subsequently, the country will celebrate the first day of Eid ul Fitr on Tuesday, May 3.
The moon, however, could not be sighted anywhere in the country.
People across Turkiye celebrated the first day of the holiday with many mosques packed for Eid al-Fitr prayers early in the morning and people hosting friends and families at their homes.
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The holiday has brought joy, particularly to children, who receive candies and presents as part of the tradition.
Families also visited the graves of their loved ones. Also, many people chose to travel to their hometowns or coastal cities for vacations.
In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), citizens filled the mosques for the Eid al-Fitr prayer. Eid prayers were held in Hala Sultan Mosque in the capital Lefkosa and all mosques across the country.
Mosques in Russia’s capital Moscow were full and thousands of Muslims had to perform Eid prayers on the streets. Some subway stations and streets around the mosques were temporarily closed due to crowds.
Eid al-Fitr prayers were also held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku and other cities. People who could not find a place in mosques offered prayers in courtyards and gardens.
Muslims in the Swedish capital Stockholm performed the prayer at Fittja Mosque. In the Berdeng region of Stockholm, Muslims prayed on the football field due to the heavy crowd.
In Germany, worshipers filled the Cologne Central Mosque and its courtyard, with many some performing the Eid prayers on the sidewalks.
Nearly 200,000 people perform prayer in Masjid al-Aqsa
Nearly 200,000 people performed the Eid prayer in Masjid al-Aqsa in East Jerusalem under Israeli occupation.
The roads leading to the Old City area of occupied East Jerusalem were filled with young, old, women, men, and children who wanted to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The first hours of the Ramadan feast in Jerusalem started with a festive atmosphere.
Muslims living in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro welcomed the Eid al-Fitr with enthusiasm.
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Thousands of Muslims living in the countries flocked to mosques in the morning to perform the Eid prayer and celebrated with their loved ones.
In Uganda’s capital Kampala, Muslim worshippers attended Eid al-Fitr prayers after two years of subdued celebrations due to COVID-19-induced restrictions.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk