Ramadan holy month ends

2011-08-29 21:29
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, characterised by dawn-to-dusk fasting and heightened piety, has ended.

The decision was made after sunset on Monday when the new moon was spotted. Muslims follow a lunar calendar.

Saudi Arabia said the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan would begin on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is home to the main Muslim holy sites.

Egypt and several other Arab countries said they, too, will observe Eid al-Fitr.

The month of fasting and extended prayer began on August 1.

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a spiritual exercise, a lesson in self-restraint and a time for empathy and charity.

It is observed by millions of believers around the world.

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