Muslims across the world have begun Eid-ul Fitr celebrations, travelling hundreds of miles to be with families as the holy month of Ramadan ends.
Stunning photos show thousands of devotees in Turkey offering prayers to mark their first day of the religious occasion – which translates as ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ – and Bangladeshis cramming onto trains to join their loved-ones.
The moon was first officially seen at Mecca in Saudia Arabia on Monday, June 3, on the 29th day of Ramadan. As a result, the country’s government declared the official start of the festival, in accordance with the Umm al-Qura Calendar.
This year, Ramadan began on the evening of Sunday May 5, which means Eid ul-Fitr was predicted to begin in the UK and other parts of the world on Tuesday, June 4.
However, Indonesia and Malaysia, for example, declared Wednesday as the first day of Eid ul-Fitr, as they relied on their own sighting of the lunar crescent to determine the start of the new month.