Eid 2013: Eid stamp in US, Mahmoud Abbas in Palestine, and traffic jam in Bangladesh

Marking an end to Muslims’ fasting month Ramzan, Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. The end of this fasting month is followed by festival lasting for several days.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, placed a wreath on the grave of his predecessor in Ramallah. He said that this year’s festive season was indeed very special and happy because of Israel’s decision to free 104 Palestinian prisoners.

The Great Mosque of Paris in France had a little disagreement regarding the start date of Ramadan. But the debate was resolved once thousands of Muslims turned out for EID. In Egypt, cookies made with nuts and sugar, are the traditional treats.

Spectacular crowd was seen in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka as people were returning to their homes to celebrate EID with their family and friends. Trains and ferries were jam packed.

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With weekends coinciding with EID, the streets and markets of UAE were lifted up in festive spirits on Thursday. Most of the Gulf countries like Saudi Arab, Kuwait, and Jordan celebrated EID on Thursday. However, in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh EID was celebrated on Friday.

The end of this fasting month will bring a sigh of relief to many Muslims as they could not eat or drink anything, not even water, during the hours of daylight.

The month of Ramzan aims at teaching devotees how to practice self-discipline and sacrifice and pay more attention to the teachings of their religion. Another important part of EID is charity.

The US post office has issued a new EID Forever stamp to commemorate this years’ holiday.