Muslims around the world celebrate the festival of Eid al-Fitr this week, marking an end to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time of feasts and fun, presents and parties. Families spend time together over Eid, exchanging gifts and sharing meals.

Eid officially begins when the new moon is sighted in the sky, so the date can vary from country to country. For the majority of Muslims around the world, this year's celebrations begin on Wednesday 6 July, but festivities have begun a day earlier in Russia, Turkey and a few other countries.

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Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of RamadanAlexander Utkin/AFP
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Police stand among Russian Muslims praying outside Moscow's central mosque during celebrations of Eid al-FitrKirill Kudryavtsev/AFP
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A man wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin prays outside the central mosque in Moscow to mark Eid al-FitrKirill Kudryavtsev/AFP
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Turkish Muslims offer prayers as they mark the first day of Eid al-Fitr at Fatih Sultan Mosque in IstanbulChris McGrath/Getty Images
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Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at Fatih Sultan Mosque in Istanbul to mark the end of RamadanChris McGrath/Getty Images
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Dutch Muslims gather for morning prayer in the Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam during celebrations of Eid al-FitrBart Maat/AFP
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Muslims pray in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of RamadanVyacheslav Oseledko/AFP
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Kyrgyz Muslims pray in Bishkek during celebrations of Eid al-FitrVyacheslav Oseledko/AFP
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A Bosnian Muslim man fires a cannon from a vantage point overlooking Sarajevo to mark the end of daily fasting on the final day of the Islamic holy month of RamadanElvis Burukcic/AFP
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Bosnian Muslims gather to pray at a mosque in Sarajevo during celebrations for Eid al-FitrElvis Barukcic/AFP

Millions of Muslims around the world are travelling home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and break their fast with their families.

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Thousands of travellers heading to their home towns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr wait to board a ferry at the entrance to Gilimanuk port on BaliAntara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/Reuters
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Indonesian Muslims travelling home for Eid wait to board a ferry heading for Java island from the resort island of BaliSonny Tumbelaka/AFP
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Pakistani Muslims on a bus as they travel from Lahore to their home townsArif Ali/AFP
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An Afghan soldier searches a traveller at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrationsNoorullah Shizada/AFP
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An Afghan man makes sweets at a small traditional factory in Kabul in preparation for Eid al-FitrOmar Sobhani/Reuters
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A man checks the position of the moon at Al-Musyari'in mosque in Jakarta, as the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan approachesIqro Rinaldi/Reuters