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Dramatic Photos From Syria Show Children Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Amid Destruction

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A Syrian girl walks amidst destruction during an activity organized by a charity group in Jobar, ahead of Eid al-Fitr holyday in the war-torn country on July 5, 2016.

 

 
Children play on swings on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in the rebel held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria July 6, 2016.

Amid a backdrop of ruin in a country torn apart by war, Syrian children in rebel-held areas of Damascus and Aleppo were seen dressed up for Eid celebrations to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. For some of these children, the ongoing five-year civil war has played out for their entire lives.

A boy inflates a balloon on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in the rebel held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria July 6, 2016. 

Muslim World Celebrates End of Ramadan With Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr, which means “festival of breaking the fast,” is usually celebrated over a couple of days, with followers of Islam dressing in their finest clothes, exchanging small gifts and cards, and hosting parties and gatherings with lavish foods.

 

A Syrian girl walks with her mother in the rebel-held town of Douma east of the capital Damascus on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on July 6, 2016.  

 


Syrian children walk amidst destruction in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the war-torn country on July 5, 2016.
 Many Muslim countries have their own deep-rooted traditions and cultural ways of celebrating the holiday. In the United States, most Muslims gather together in large convention halls or Islamic centers to pray the Salat al-Eid, which is a special prayer reserved for the holiday.


A Syrian man walks with his son along a destroyed street in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on July 6, 2016.
 

Syrian children stand amidst heavily damaged buildings on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday in the war-torn country on July 5, 2016. 
Muslims greet each other with "Eid Mubarak" meaning "blessed celebration" following the prayer, though the language can vary across the world. Afterwards, Muslims attend parties and visit friend's homes for large feasts in mosques or community halls.


Source: ABC News, 7 July 2016

 

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