Topic: Eid al-Fitr

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  • In Pictures Eid al-Fitr around the world

    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.

  • Afghans protest Quran burning

    Afghans protest Quran burning

    A number of protests broke out in Afghanistan Friday and turned violent in response to Quran-burning plans by a Florida pastor, even after the pastor said he cancelled those plans.

  • How 5 countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan

    How 5 countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan

    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 offer bittersweet for American mothers

    Sarah Shourd clemency offer bittersweet for American mothers

    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.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 09/09

    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.

  • When a Muslim holiday falls on 9/11

    Editorial Board Blog When a Muslim holiday falls on 9/11

    Because of the lunar calendar, the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr falls on or near 9/11. Many Muslim centers in America are canceling, scaling back, or shifting festivities. What's motivating them?

  • Eid ul-Fitr prompts annual, massive Indonesian exodus

    Eid ul-Fitr prompts annual, massive Indonesian exodus

    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.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 09/08

    A black Amur leopard cub growls during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen on Wednesday.

  • In Pictures Muslim women and the veil

    Muslim women raise their arms upon seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammed during Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, Indian-Administered Kashmir, in June 2013.

  • Global News Blog Ahead of UN speech, Iran's Ahmadinejad blasts would-be attackers

    After denying the Holocaust again last week, Iran's president threatened to cut off the hands of any aggressors. Recent defiant rhetoric may indicate Tehran is worried about looming international talks on its nuclear program.