Boys pull a ram into the Atlantic Ocean to wash it in preparation for sacrifice, on the Eid al-Adha feast, in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 26, 2012. The Eid al-Adha festival, known locally as Tabaski, celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.
Eid al-Fitr began at sunset Thursday, when the crescent of a new moon first showed over the Middle East. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fitr means "break fasting." The three-day feast celebrates the end of the a month-long period of Ramadan's fasting and prayer. While traditions don't vary much between Sunnis and Shiites, customs vary greatly from country to country. Here is how five countries ring in Eid al-Fitr.
Sarah Shourd clemency: Iranian officials have announced that on Saturday they will release one of the Americans but said nothing about the fate of Americans Shane Bauer or Josh Fattal.
A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.
The planned Florida Koran burning has compelled outcry from President Obama, Pakistani President Zardari, and others. Those messages appear to be muting wider Muslim reaction to the planned Koran burning.
For American Muslims – already in the eye of a political storm over the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York – a Florida pastor's Koran burning threat is seen as a teachable moment crucial to how the US public views Muslims and Islam.
Eid ul-Fitr always leaves the country's overburdened and poorly maintained transportation systems bursting at the seams, and can result in massive traffic jams.
A black Amur leopard cub growls during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen on Wednesday.
To devout Muslims, the Sept. 11 Koran burning proposed by the Florida preacher Terry Jones is akin to burning the word of God. Muslim leaders and US military and civilian officials have asked Jones to reconsider his plan.
Actress Angelina Jolie (c.) arrives at the Jalozai flood victim relief camp during her visit to flood-affected areas and relief camps supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Tuesday. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, called on Tuesday for constant and long-term assistance for Pakistan to help it cope with its worst-ever floods that have wreaked havoc on the impoverished country.