Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Muslim children race to get balloons after the prayers of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan, July 6, 2016. (Reuters)

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.

A child attends Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia July 6, 2016. REUTERS

A child attends Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia July 6, 2016. REUTERS

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

People shop for festive goodies in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2016. REUTERS

People shop for festive goodies in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2016. REUTERS

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.

Muslims children buy balloons after attending Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia July 6, 2016. REUTERS

Muslims children buy balloons after attending Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia July 6, 2016. REUTERS

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