Several Muslim countries start celebrating Eid al-Fitr

2015-07-17 09:53
Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow. (Dmitry Serebryakov, AFP)

Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow. (Dmitry Serebryakov, AFP)

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Cairo - At least 12 majority Muslim countries on Friday started celebrating the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the fasting lunar month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia, Islam's birthplace, announced that on Thursday was the final day of Ramadan. The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon, which means final decisions on stops and starts can appear to be at the last minute.

Similar official announcements were made in Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, the Palestinian territories, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Millions of Muslims in these countries marked the beginning of the occasion with a special prayer in mosques and open-air areas.

However, the Gulf emirate of Oman and Morocco in North Africa have said that they would only start celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday.

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