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Eid feast to mark end of Ramadan

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-30

The three-day Eid al-Fitr celebrations, that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, are to begin Tuesday across several countries in the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, thus ending four weeks of fasting and heightened piety.

AP - Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, characterized by dawn-to-dusk fasting and heightened piety, has ended.

The decision was made after sunset Monday when the new moon was spotted.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar.

Saudi Arabia said the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan would begin Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is home to the main Muslim holy sites.

Egypt and several other Arab countries said they, too, will observe Eid al-Fitr starting Tuesday.

The month of fasting and extended prayer began Aug. 1.

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a spiritual exercise, a lesson in self-restraint and a time for empathy and charity.

It is observed by millions of believers around the world.
 

Date created : 2011-08-30

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