Eid Mubarak! The new moon was sighted on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, which indicates the end of Ramadan and the period of celebration that begins the following day. Commonly known as Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) in the Arabic-speaking world, the festival also goes by other names such as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia and Shemai Eid in Bangladesh.
While there are many Eid customs such as attending mass prayers, gathering for family reunions, exchanging gifts and dressing in new clothes, eating plays a crucial role as it brings an end to the month-long fast of Ramadan. Holiday dishes vary from country to country, but all are meant to make up big feasts that can easily fill up the entire family as well as guests. Families bring out traditional varieties of homemade sweets and many also make generous donations of food during the holiday, as Eid also celebrates extending good will to others.
The holiday can last up to three days depending on the country, and Instagrammers taking part in the festivities are sharing their moments filled with good food and good spirits.
1. Palestinian children play on a mini Ferris wheel outside an United Nations school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday at the beginning of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival that ends the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Photo Credits: Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
2. Palestinians in Gaza participate in Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Faruq Mosque, which was damaged a week ago by an Israeli military airstrike. Photo Credits: Abed Rahim Khatib/Pacific Press/Zuma Press
3. Children at the Shifa hospital in Gaza on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Monday. Photo Credits: Mohammed Talatene/APA Images/Zuma Press
4. A Palestinian boy with his father at prayer on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Gaza. The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond Eid. Photo Credits: Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/Zuma Press
5. Displaced Palestinian women from Gaza’s Shujayia district make Eid cakes for their children at an UNRWA shelter in Sheikh Radwan, a district of Gaza City. Photo Credits: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto/Zuma Press
6. In Gaza, Muslims greet each other on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in UNRWA schools that serve as their refuge. Photo Credits: Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/Zuma Press
7. Displaced Palestinian boys buy sweets after the Eid al-Fitr prayer at a U.N. school in Jabalia. Photo Credits: Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
8. Displaced Palestinians on Monday attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Gaza. Photo Credits: Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/Zuma Press
9. Displaced Palestinians at a U.N. school in Gaza City on Monday. Photo Credits: Ezz Al-Zanoun/APA Images/Zuma Press
1. Indonesian muslims women walk on ‘sea of sands’ as they prepare for Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
2. Indonesian muslims perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer on ‘sea of sands’ at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
3. A relative guides a girl in prayer at the grave of their loved one in a cemetery in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
4. Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Reuters/Junaidi Hanafiah
5. Public park in Manila, Philippines.. Photo Credits: Erik De Castro / Reuters
6. Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed