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Eid all over the world

Millions of Muslims around the world gathered on Friday to mark the beginning of Eid Al Fitr.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 13:14 October 12, 2007
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Reuters
  • A child is seen among praying Muslims at the Dongguan Great Mosque in Xining, capital of northwestern China's Qinghai province.
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Dubai: The declaration of Eid Al Fitr was marked all over the world, as millions of Muslims prepared to return home and spend time with their families.

The end of Ramadan sees the biggest human migration in Southeast Asia. Some 14.8 million people in Indonesia were expected to head home, a six per cent rise from last year.

While many Muslims take buses, trains and boats to maintain the age-old tradition of spending Eid Al Fitr holiday with family at home, air travel is expected to be the most popular form of transport over the next few days.

Some 1.2 million cars in Malaysia are expected to use the nation's biggest highway, which runs the entire length of the peninsula.

Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, celebrated on Friday along with several other Gulf countries, while many Asian nations, where the majority of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims live, will wait until Saturday to mark the end of a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and restraint from other worldly pleasures.

The Philippines marked the beginning of Eid on Friday, with police appealing to Muslims in the southern island of Mindanao not to use guns during the celebration.

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