Muslims in several countries mark end of Ramadan by celebrating Eid al-Fitr


ANKARA, Jul 17: Muslims in several countries are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a major religious festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Among the nations that celebrated the major Islamic festivity on Friday were Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Palestine, Qatar, Turkey, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, however, are among those nations that have declared Saturday as Eid al-Fitr since the moon crescent which marks the beginning of the new month could not be sighted in those countries by Friday.
Like millions of Muslims around the world, Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip celebrated Eid-al-Fitr. But they cannot afford to buy new clothes, sweets or gifts to celebrate the occasion across the impoverished coastal sliver, Press TV correspondent Ashraf Shannon said in a report.
The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade, which has cut off the territory from the outside world, has led to economic and humanitarian crises in the densely-populated enclave.
Meanwhile, Fayez Khorshid, a Press TV correspondent in the Afghan capital, Kabul, said for those who want to attend celebrations and prayers around the violence-hit country, insecurity is the number-one concern.
Muslims around the world attend special mass prayers and come together in family gatherings to celebrate the occasion.


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