During the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims around the globe celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan by feasting and giving gifts.
In most Muslim countries, Wednesday is the second day of Eid, although in some places, such as Pakistan and Indonesia, it is the first. This is because the date of the holiday is established through a lunar calender, and some authorities disagree on the official start time.
Travelers in a Muslim community may hear the phrase Eid Mubarak many times this week. The customary Eid al-Fitr greeting, the phrase means blessed festival.
In cities across the globe, Muslim devotees spent the morning gathered in and around mosques, giving thanks to Allah for helping them through the preceding month of fasting. After prayers, they will come together with their family and friends for large meals, gift-giving and other festivities.
In India, movie stars took to Twitter to send the Eid Mubarak wishes to thousands of people at once. Muslim-Hindi relations are sometimes tense in the country, but people came together to celebrate the joyous occasion.
Eid Mubarak and lots of love to everyone. May allah fulfil all dreams n bring peace to everyone, actress Ameesha Patel tweeted.
Eid Mubarrak to all brothers and sisters, young and old, near and dear. Happy greetings for EID! May there be peace and love among all... and may all your wishes come true, wrote Amitabh Bachchan, a Bollywood legend.
Even American stars got into the spirit. Kim Kardashian tweeted “Eid Mubarak to my friends across the world. I can't wait to see you at Millions of Milkshakes in Dubai in October,” while Will.i.am tweeted “Happy EID to everyone who celebrates...have a good day enshalla.