Across the world, Muslims have begun celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr - one of the most important dates in the Muslim calendar which marks the end of the holy festival of Ramadan.

Eid officially begins when the new moon is sighted in the sky and this year, it has been observed in countries from China, Malaysia and Indonesia to Afghanistan on the 6 July. Russia and Turkey began their celebrations the day before and for others, celebrations will commence on 7 July. Worshippers see the festival as a period to spend quality time with family members, exchange gifts and share meals.

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A Malaysian girl looks on after Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala LumpurManan Vatsyayana/ AFP
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A Chinese Hui Muslim family prays at the 'Sheiks Tombs' after Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Malaysian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala LumpurManan Vatsyayana/ AFP
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Filipino Muslims participate in morning prayers as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the grounds of Luneta Park in ManilaNoel Celis/ AFP
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Filipino Muslims participate in morning prayers as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the grounds of Luneta Park in ManilaNoel Celis/ AFP
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A Chinese Hui Muslim woman weeps as he prays at the 'Sheiks Tombs' after Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Afghan Muslims hug each other after offering prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday in KabulWakil Kohsar/ AFP
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Indonesian women attend Eid Al-Fitr prayer on 'sea of sands' at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaUlet Ifansasti/ Getty Images
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Sri Lankan muslims depart after offering Eid prayers on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr festival at the Galle Face esplanade in ColomboLakruwan Wanniarachchi/ AFP
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A Chinese Hui Muslim guards the door as others prepare to pray during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Men offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul, AfghanistanWakil Kohsar/ AFP
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Filipino Muslims participate in morning prayers as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the grounds of Luneta Park in ManilaNoel Celis/ AFP
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A Pakistani muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Masjid in Lahore, PakistanArif Ali/ AFP
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Libyan Muslim worshippers gather on Martyrs' Square in the capital Tripoli to perform Eid al-Fitr prayersMahmud Turkia/ AFP
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A Chinese Hui Muslim woman helps another with her headscarf before Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Iranian Muslim women perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in western TehranAtta Kenare/ AFP
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Pakistani muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Masjid in Lahore, PakistanArif Ali/ AFP
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Indonesian women attend Eid Al-Fitr prayer on 'sea of sands' at Parangkusumo beach in YogyakartaUlet Ifansasti/ Getty Images
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A young girl with hands decorated with henna looks on after Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala LumpurManan Vatsyayana/ AFP
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A Chinese Hui Muslim woman arrives for Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Indonesian women attend Eid Al-Fitr prayer on 'sea of sands' at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaUlet Ifansasti/ Getty Images
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Afghan women ask for alms during prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in KabulWakil Kohsar/ AFP
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Malaysian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala LumpurManan Vatsyayana/ AFP
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A group of Muslim women offer morning prayers during Eid al-Fitr celebrations outside a mosque in Tangerang, in the suburbs of Jakarta, IndonesiaGoh Chai Hin/ AFP
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Indonesian muslims walk on 'sea of sands' after they perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer on 'sea of sands' at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Ulet Ifansasti/ Getty Images
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Afghan muslims hug, after offering prayers at the start of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, at the Jami mosque in Herat province, AfghanistanAref Karimi/ AFP