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.
Russian Muslims pray outside the central mosque in Moscow as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan Alexander Utkin/AFP Police stand among Russian Muslims praying outside Moscow's central mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP 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-Fitr Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Turkish Muslims offer prayers as they mark the first day of Eid al-Fitr at Fatih Sultan Mosque in Istanbul Chris McGrath/Getty Images Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at Fatih Sultan Mosque in Istanbul to mark the end of Ramadan Chris McGrath/Getty Images Dutch Muslims gather for morning prayer in the Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr Bart Maat/AFP Muslims pray in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP Kyrgyz Muslims pray in Bishkek during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP 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 Ramadan Elvis Burukcic/AFP Bosnian Muslims gather to pray at a mosque in Sarajevo during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr Elvis Barukcic/AFP
Millions of Muslims around the world are travelling home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and break their fast with their families. 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 Bali Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/Reuters Indonesian Muslims travelling home for Eid wait to board a ferry heading for Java island from the resort island of Bali Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP Pakistani Muslims on a bus as they travel from Lahore to their home towns Arif Ali/AFP An Afghan soldier searches a traveller at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations Noorullah Shizada/AFP An Afghan man makes sweets at a small traditional factory in Kabul in preparation for Eid al-Fitr Omar Sobhani/Reuters 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 approaches Iqro Rinaldi/Reuters