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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr

This year's celebrations are marred by a string of high-profile international attacks seen in the past 30 days

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Muslims across the globe gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, a holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world. The celebrations begin when the fasting month of Ramadan ends and the following month of Shawwal begins.

Muslims around the world rise early Wednesday morning in order to pray Salat al-Fajr, or dawn prayers.

Traditional greetings during the Islamic holiday begin with Eid Mubarak, which means “Have a blessed Eid.” Families gather together to pray, share meals and mark an end to the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

This year's celebrations are marred by a string of high-profile attacks seen in the past 30 days.

Throughout Ramadan, the attacks – mostly claimed by ISIS-affiliated militants – have targeted Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Bangladesh and the US, killing hundreds of people.