Faithful Muslims around the world begin celebrating Eid

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE start Eid on Tuesday, whereas Egypt, Syria, Jordan and others won't start till Wednesday.
Tuesday 04/06/2019
Two men look around after people offered prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque, in background, in Istanbul, early Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP)
Two men look around after people offered prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque, in background, in Istanbul, early Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP)

Muslims across the Middle East and beyond are celebrating the start of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a time for family and festivities.

The holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. As in previous years, the Muslim world was split on when the start of Eid is, as it's based on sighting the new moon by eye. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE start Eid on Tuesday, whereas Egypt, Syria, Jordan and others won't start till Wednesday.

This year's Eid comes amid war and turmoil in the Arab world, But it still offers a rare occasion for joy and celebration across the Arab world as families get together to exchange greetings and children receive gifts and are taken to amusement parks.

(AP)