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Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan

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Muslim devotees leave after Eid al-fitr prayer, Bhopal, India, Aug. 20.

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Indian Muslim boy yawns as he joins his elders in attending the traditional prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr festival in Southern Indian city of Bangalore on Aug. 20.

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Afghan refugee boys wear masks as they celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 20.

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An Afghan refugee boy poses with a plastic rifle as he and other children celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 20.

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An Indian Muslim boy leans to rub noses with a girl as they are both dressed up for Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Aug. 20, 2012.

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim calendar's ninth and holiest month during which followers are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. People prepare feasts, wear new clothes and apply Henna to celebrate the festival. 

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