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Germany: Berlin's Muslims pray as Eid al-Fitr gets underway01:47

Germany: Berlin's Muslims pray as Eid al-Fitr gets underway

Germany, Berlin
July 5, 2016 at 08:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

An estimated 4,000 Muslims gathered early morning on Tuesday to pray at Sehitlik Mosque, Berlin, as believers around the world begin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Islam is practised by more than 4 million people in Germany, roughly 5 percent of the population, with the capital Berlin being home to an estimated 300,000 Muslims.

Gulf Arab countries announced that the Eid al-Fitr festival would begin on Wednesday, July 6 earlier in the week, but believers in Berlin began festivities for the first day of the festival on July 5. Not only is the first day of Eid different each year, but the celebration's date changes from country to country based on geographical location.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and lasts 29-30 days. Muslims observe it as a time of fasting during the day, and it is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.

Germany: Berlin's Muslims pray as Eid al-Fitr gets underway01:47
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An estimated 4,000 Muslims gathered early morning on Tuesday to pray at Sehitlik Mosque, Berlin, as believers around the world begin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Islam is practised by more than 4 million people in Germany, roughly 5 percent of the population, with the capital Berlin being home to an estimated 300,000 Muslims.

Gulf Arab countries announced that the Eid al-Fitr festival would begin on Wednesday, July 6 earlier in the week, but believers in Berlin began festivities for the first day of the festival on July 5. Not only is the first day of Eid different each year, but the celebration's date changes from country to country based on geographical location.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and lasts 29-30 days. Muslims observe it as a time of fasting during the day, and it is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.

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