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In pictures: the final day of Ramadan

Muslims worry that the festivities to mark the end of the Holy Month may be mistaken for celebrations of September 11.
Sep 11th 2010, 2:12 PM 878 0

MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD have celebrated the feast of Eid ul-Fitr, the end of the religion’s Holy Month of Ramadan.

With the month requiring all Muslims to fast between dawn and sunset, many celebrated Eid with feasts and banquets – some of which entailed Western culture that might surprise some people.

Some communities scaled back their celebrations, however, with the feast falling a day before the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks – fearing that their festivities may be mistaken for a celebration of the attacks.

The overlapping of the dates is an unfortunate co-incidence; Ramadan is dictated by the lunar calendar and moves forward every year.

Islamic countries do not celebrate Eid as a public holiday so many tend to celebrate on the weekend after the feast – meaning today would be the usual date for celebrations.

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Given the anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks, however, many have decided to delay their celebrations until tomorrow.

Thankfully for many of the Muslim community, the anniversary and Eid will not overlap again for another 33 years.

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