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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.