Muslim Community around the world celebrated their largest religious festival Eid ul Fitr from June 25 to 26, 2017. One of the most important day for Muslims, this is the "festival of breaking the fast. More than 1.6 billion Muslims celebrated this event. Processions kick off with a special, early morning prayer and are then followed by feasts and festivities. The holiday is usually celebrated for three days, although it can vary depending on the country.
Muslims experience Ramadan as a month of training to be closer to Allah’s will. In the process, they experience a lot of difficulties and challenges, not only resisting the temptation to eat and drink, but the temptation to do evil acts as well.
Hence, Eid is a celebration of Allah’s grace for successfully nurturing them throughout the 29 or 30 days (depending on the lunar activity of the year). Eid is a time of thanksgiving for the revelations of Allah to Muslims during Ramadan.
Eid also marks the beginning of a new year’s journey. Since Ramadan was a training month, Eid is a send-off of sorts for Muslims.
Eid is also an opportunity for Muslims to be better persons. It is a chance for them to renew and live out their commitments to Allah.
This year's Eid comes amid ongoing crises in the Middle East -- the civil war in Syria, the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar -- but the celebrations mark a time when communities within the Muslim world come together.
Islam is the second largest religion in the world by believers, which number around 1.8 billion. By 2070, it could overtake Christianity (currently about 2.2 billion believers) as the world's largest religion.
Muslim populations are therefore prevalent in almost all corners of the globe and Eid celebrations are always a worldwide affair.
From Brooklyn to Beijing, here's how the world's Muslims celebrated Eid.
Eid in New Delhi, India.
Eid in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eid in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Eid in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Eid in Juba, South Sudan.
Eid in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Eid in Beijing, China
Eid in Rome, Italy
Eid in Qatar
Eid in Grozny, Chechnya