Members of a traditional Saudi honor guard with their golden swords attend the praying at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque during Eid al-Fitr morning prayers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 10. Hassan Ammar/AP
The photos here help show the diversity around the world of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations. They also show the shared meaning of the holiday: thanks giving for the spiritual renewal through the month of Ramadan. Thus prayers, attending the mosque, and honouring deceased family members are of particular importance, especially on the first day.
Like other celebrations in any religion, those for Eid Al-Fitr are also marked by special greetings, new clothes, visits to family and friends, "home for the holidays", entertainments, sweets, dinners, ceremonies, and joy!
Thai Muslim women pray during Eid al-Fitr at a mosque in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand, on Sept. 10. Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters
Children play on a swing installed for celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Sidon, Lebanon, on Sept. 9. Ali Hashisho/Reuters
Thousands of Indonesian Muslims attend a Eid al-Fitr prayer session in Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 10. Enny Nuraheni/Reuters
A Syrian vendor arranges sweets in front of a shop, ahead of Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 8. Bassem Tellawi/AP
An Indian Muslim girl displays her hands after applying henna ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jammu, India, on Sept. 9. Channi Anand/AP
A Palestinian man sells cakes for the upcoming celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 8. Ammar Awad/Reuters
A Pakistani girl who survived floods wears a new dress provided on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan, at a camp set up for displaced people in Nowshera, near Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sept. 10. Mohammad Sajjad/AP
A British Muslim of Pakistani origin uses her mobile phone as she exits London's Central Mosque across from Regent's Park, following prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Sept. 10. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Indonesians struggle to board a train to leave for their homes in East Java, at Senen station in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 8. Dita Alangkara/AP
A Kenyan boy in Arabic costume during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kisumu, Kenya, on Sept. 10. Dan Kei/AP
Children light torches before they march through a street to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Solo of the Indonesia's central Java province September 9. (Andry Prasetyo/Reuters)
Children ride a merry-go-round at an Eid al-Fitr celebration at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D,C. on Nov. 25, 2003. The celebration marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. AFP Photo/Newscom/File
Worshippers held morning prayers on the road outside Lakemba Mosque [Sydney, Australia]. (AAP: Paul Miller)
Muslims pray during a Eid al-Fitr at a mosque in Yinchuan, in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on Friday. Photo: AP.
Sri Lanka: Muslims hug each other after a prayer session to mark Eid ul-Fitr in Colombo. (Photo AP)
India: Devotees offer prayers on the last Friday of Ramzan, at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi. (Photo AP)
Afghanistan: Policemen greet each other as they stand guard outside a mosque in Kabul. (Photo AP)
China: A prayer session under way at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing. (Photo AP)
United Arab Emirates: Devotees perform the Eid ul-Fitr prayers at the Sheikh Zayed ground Mosque in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (Photo AP)
Kenya: A little boy peeks out from amidst praying Muslims in Mombasa, Kenya. (Photo AP)
Morocco: People pray at King Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. (Photo AP)
Palestine: A Muslim woman reads verses of the Quran over the grave of a relative as part of tradition during the first day of Eid ul-Fitr. (Photo AP)
United Kingdom: British Muslims conclude their prayers for Eid ul-Fitr outside London's Central Mosque. (Photo AP)
Philippines: Kites are displayed for sale as Filipino Muslims gather at Manila's Rizal Park to pray and celebrate Eid. (Photo AP)
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Sources: The Christian Science Monitor; The Hindu