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|Bangladeshi Muslims sit on the roof of an already packed train ahead of Eid al-Fitr as others wait at a railway station in Dhaka|
- Eid begins tomorrow and is marked in Bangladesh with a national holiday
- Over three days Muslims will pray, feast and visit friends and family
- They will hold parties, give presents and dress up in new clothes
- Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month
By Damien Gayle
7 August 2013
Bangladeshis packed into - and onto - trains in the capital Dhaka tonight as they raced home to break their last fast of Ramadan.
The annual Muslim fasting period has come to an end and these commuters were trying to get home as quickly as possible to prepare for the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which begins tomorrow.
For the past month observant Muslims across the world have refrained from eating or drinking anything from dawn to sunset in a show of spiritual devotion.
|Party time: Tonight is the start of a three-day national holiday in Bangladesh, where people will take time to visit friends and family as well as attend mass religious gatherings |
|Eid mubarak: Bangladeshis sit packed atop a train at a Dhaka rail station as they make their way home to join their families for festival of Eid al-Fitr, which begins tomorrow to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting month|
|Room for one more? For the past month observant Muslims across the world have refrained from eating or drinking anything from dawn to sunset in a show of spiritual devotion, but that ends tonight|
|Time to eat... lots: Eid is a particularly special time for children, who are often given presents|
In the morning, many will attend mass prayer gatherings called Zakat ul Fitr - with those taking place outside Dhaka reputed to be the biggest anywhere in Asia - before visiting friends and family to enjoy private celebrations.
They will greet each other with the traditional Muslim greeting of Eid Mubarak, which translates roughly as 'Eid blessings' and is more or less equivalent to 'Merry Christmas'.
As well as the special prayers and celebrations, customs of Eid include dressing up in new clothes, eating special delicacies, giving presents and, for women, decoration of the hands with henna.
|End of Ramadan rush: Men cling on to carriages wherever they are able as the packed passenger train prepares to make its way out of Dhaka, taking hundreds back to their families in the surrounding areas|
|Can you move down please? Conditions on Dhakar's packed public transport make the London rush hour seem like a leisurely journey in luxury in the First Class carriages of the Orient Express|
|Last ditch bid: Passengers help a woman jump from a bridge onto an overcrowded train to travel home for Eid|
|A man prepares to catch the woman as she lets go, while another prepares to climb down from the bridge|
Jack Khan, a British-Bangladeshi Muslim, told MailOnline that some of the special dishes being passed round Eid tables may include shemai, a sweet made with vermicelli and milk, and fita, fried dough balls made with rice flour and drizzled with ghee - which he described as 'delicious'.
For those who can afford it in Bangladesh, there would also be lots of different types of roasted meat on offer, served with that perennial favourite, pilau rice.
Many will be feeling a sense of relief at the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting during which observant Muslims are encouraged not to eat or drink anything - even water - during the hours of daylight.
A time of spiritual reflection and increased worship, during the period Muslims are expected to pay more attention to the teachings of their religion, also refraining from sexual relations with their spouses as well as generally sinful behaviour.
It is believed to help teach devotees how to better practice self-discipline and sacrifice, but also inculcate empathy for those less fortunate than themselves and encourage generosity and charity.
|Risky business: Ferry passengers take their lives in their hands by clinging on to the sides of the packed vessel departing the Sadarghat ferry terminal on the outskirts of Dhaka earlier today|
|Festive: Crowds gather at the terminal as they wait to board the ferries to take them down the Buriganga river|
|Comfy? Bangladeshis sit on blankets laid out on the packed ferry as they rush home to be with their families |
'This time of year, because it's the New Year, a lot of people also give their Zakāt, which is 2.5 per cent of your wealth, irrelevant of much you earn.
'So my wife has to give 2.5 per cent of the value of all her jewellery, which she can either do by selling some of it... or I can pay for it.
'If you watch the Muslim TV channels you would have seen there has been a massive amount of fundraising going on over the past month.'
|Indonesian Muslims take part in special morning prayers near the Bajrah Sandhi monument in Denpasar|
|Muslims pray during mass to celebrate Eid-ul Fitr on Bali, Indonesia. The two-day holiday, Eid ul-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon|
|A young girl looks up as Indonesian Muslims take part in special morning prayers near the Bajrah Sandhi monument|
|Muslims attend Eid Al-Fitr prayer on 'sea of sands' at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia |
Thousands of Palestinian men performed the morning Eid Al-Fitr prayer in front of the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the old city of Jerusalem.
While women gathered in Indonesia to mark the day.
|Palestinian Muslim men perform the morning Eid Al-Fitr prayer in front of the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the old city of Jerusalem|
|Muslim women hug each other after prayers at the Rizal park as they celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in the city of Manila, Phillipines|
|Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of holiest month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk|
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