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Indonesia: Muslims celebrate first day of Eid al-Fitr with public prayer02:05

Indonesia: Muslims celebrate first day of Eid al-Fitr with public prayer

Indonesia, Semarang
July 6, 2016 at 08:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Muslim worshippers marked the first day of Eid al-Fitr with a public prayer service on Pancasila Square, near Semarang in the Central Java Province, Tuesday.

Also known as the Sugar Feast, Eid al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated with the whole family on the day after the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end. After the public prayer, families went home to cook and eat together, as well as to visit the graves of deceased relatives.

The day of Eid marks the only day during the year in which Muslims are not permitted to fast, and falls on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. The date for Eid's start is determined by observing the new moon, which is done by local religious authorities.

Indonesia: Muslims celebrate first day of Eid al-Fitr with public prayer02:05
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Muslim worshippers marked the first day of Eid al-Fitr with a public prayer service on Pancasila Square, near Semarang in the Central Java Province, Tuesday.

Also known as the Sugar Feast, Eid al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated with the whole family on the day after the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end. After the public prayer, families went home to cook and eat together, as well as to visit the graves of deceased relatives.

The day of Eid marks the only day during the year in which Muslims are not permitted to fast, and falls on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. The date for Eid's start is determined by observing the new moon, which is done by local religious authorities.