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Eid al-Fitr: Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan
Monday, August 20th, 2012

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The three-day celebration marks the end of the month-long abstention from food, drink, and sex with prayer, feasts, new clothes and henna. Many of the world's 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages marked the holiday from the Philippines to Pakistan.

Here, we round up some of the best photos of Eid celebrations across the globe. 

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A child looks on as Muslims pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr at Niu Jie Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on August 19, 2012 in Beijing, China. Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, a 3 day celebration, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Niu Jie Mosque is the oldest Mosque in Beijing and was built in 996 AD.

(Lintao Zhang - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Muslim family prays on the first day of Eid al-Fitr at Niu Jie Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on August 19, 2012 in Beijing, China.

(Lintao Zhang - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Masjid Mosque in Lahore on August 20, 2012. Millions of Muslims across Asia began celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday on August 19, with a month of fasting giving way to feasting, family reunions and raucous festivities.

(Arif Ali - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Masjid Mosque on August 20, 2012.

(Arif Ali - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Muslims hug after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Masjid Mosque in Lahore on August 20, 2012.

(Arif Ali - AFP/Getty Images)
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Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on August 20,2012.

(Rouf Bhat - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian Muslim caretaker removes carpet after Eid-al-Fitr prayers at the Shahi Jama Masjid Mosque in the Walled City of Ahmedabad on August 20, 2012.

(Sam Panthaky - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian Muslim devotees offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the historic Taj Mahal in Agra on August 20, 2012.

(Strdel - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian street vendor sells food to Muslim faithful after Eid al-Fitr prayers near the Jama Masjid Mosque in the old quarters of New Delhi on August 20, 2012.

(Roberto Schmidt - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian Muslims stop to enjoy traditional sweets after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kolkata on August 20, 2012.

(Dibyangshu Sarkar - AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim faithful sit on the roof of an arcade at the Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi.

(Roberto Schmidt - AFP/Getty Images)
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Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National Mosque of Bangladesh, Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka on August 20, 2012.

(Munir Uz Zaman - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Syrian boy carries a stack of bread bought at a local bakery in the northern city of Aleppo on August 19, 2012, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr. Syrian helicopters have dropped leaflets over the city urging residents not to shelter rebels and warning the Free Syrian Army it had one last chance to surrender.

(Bulent Kilic - AFP/Getty Images)
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Young Muslim girls show their hands decorated with henna after attending prayers on Eid Al-Fitr at the Regent's Park Mosque in London on August 19, 2012.

(Adek Berry - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Pakistani man arranges sweets at his shop ahead of the Muslim festivities of Eid al-Fitr, in Lahore on August 19, 2012.

(Arif Ali - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Muslim boy prays at the start of Eid al-Fitr at the Peace and Friendship stadium in Piraeus near Athens on August 19, 2012.

(Louisa Gouliamaki - AFP/Getty Images)
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Iranian women perform their Eid al-Fitr prayer in the Olympic Village neighbourhood, in western Tehran, on August 19, 2012 to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

(Behrouz Mehri - AFP/Getty Images)
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Filipino Muslim women gather to pray celebrating the start of Eid al-Fitr in Manila on August 19, 2012.

(Noel Celis - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indonesian youths hit a drum on the eve of Eid al-fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in Jakarta on August 18, 2012.

(Bay Ismoyo - AFP/Getty Images)
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Sri Lankan Muslims wash before prayers during Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo on August 19, 2012.

(Ishara S. Kodikara - AFP/Getty Images)
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