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Millions of Muslims head home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2019

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Millions of Muslims head home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2019

Millions of Muslims hit the seas, tracks and roads as they head home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families to mark the end of Ramadan

  • Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting for Muslims
  • Dates of month change based on sightings of the new moon by local religious authorities and differ by area 
  • Incredible snaps show crowded ferries, trains and roads in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Turkey ahead of Eid 

By Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline

Published: 20:43 EDT, 3 June 2019 | Updated: 23:37 EDT, 3 June 2019

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Millions of Muslims across the globe hit the seas, tracks and roads today as they prepared to head home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

Incredible photos show desperate travellers clambering on to the roof of a train packed to the rafters in Bangladesh, while shots from Pakistan feature beauticians applying henna designs to rows of women.

Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset.

The dates of the month change based on the sightings of the new moon by local religious authorities, meaning the exact dates, and its duration – which is 29 to 30 days – change by area.

In the lead up to Eid traffic jams are common across Muslim-majority countries as families hurry to get home for the celebrations.

Some countries have national holidays for Eid, which falls on the first day of the month after Ramadan, known as Shawwal.

The new moon has been spotted in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and Eid celebrations are set to begin today.   

Millions of Muslims are heading home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Pictured: men clambering on to a train in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset. Pictured: Pakistani beauticians applying henna 

Pictured: passengers gather on ferries in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as they prepare to head home to their families for Eid al-Fitr

Desperate travellers at Kamlapur Railway Station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, can be seen as they are helped up on to the roof (left) and pulled in through a window (right)

The new moon has been spotted in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and Eid celebrations are set to begin today. Pictured: traffic heading towards Ankara on the Anadolu highway in Turkey

Many countries have national holidays for Eid. Pictured: a baker preparing cakes ahead of the end of Ramada in Sana’a, Yemen

Men can be seen sitting on top of a crowded bus in Lahore, Pakistan. Two men can also be seen desperately clinging on to the bus door as it travels along the motorway

It is traditional for Muslims to buy and wear new clothes for the celebrations, and to gather with their families. Pictured: Yemenis shopping ahead of Eid al-Fitr 

The dates of the month change based on the sightings of the new moon by local religious authorities, meaning the exact dates, and its duration – which is 29 to 30 days – change by area. Pictured: men in Tunisia gather to look for the new moon 

Pictured: Families can be seen shopping in the old city of Damascus in Syria ahead of the celebrations over the coming days

Here, groups of women can be seen shopping for snacks as they prepare for the end of a month of fasting for Ramadan

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