Muslims offer prayer on Eid ul-Fitr
Muslims offer prayer on Eid ul-Fitr in Bangalore, IndiaIBTimes India

Muslims in India are celebrating Eid ul-Fitr on Thursday, marking the final day of Ramadan. Muslims observe the day offering prayer, sharing, feasting and celebrations, as they break the month-long fasting, which started on June 6.

Eid ul-Fitr was celebrated in Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir and Mangalore on Wednesday along with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the U.K., Australia and other Gulf countries, while the rest of India celebrate it on Thursday.

The date for Eid ul-Fitr is decided on the basis of the sighting of the crescent moon. Muslims in the Gulf countries declared that they would observe Eid 2016 on Wednesday after the moon was not sighted. So, it was obvious that the festival would fall on Thursday for India and Bangladesh if the moon was not sighted on Tuesday.

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  • People offer namaaz on Eid-al-Fitr at the Taj Mahal in Agra on July 7, 2016.IANS
  • Egyptian Muslims offer prayers to mark the Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan fasting month in Monofya, Egypt on July 6, 2016.IANS
  • Afghan men attend Eid-al-Fitr prayer at a mosque in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, July 6, 2016.IANS
  • Malaysian Muslims pray at a mosque to mark the Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan fasting month in Ipoh, capital of Malaysia's northern state of Perak, on July 6, 2016.IANS
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) offers Eid Al-Fitr prayer in the west Bank city of Ramallah on July 6, 2016.IANS
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) offers Eid Al-Fitr prayer in the west Bank city of Ramallah on July 6, 2016.IANS
  • People celebrate Eid-al-Fitr at Jama Masjid Khairuddin mosque in Amritsar on July 7, 2016.IANS
  • People greet each other during a prayer session on Eid al-Fitr at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing, capital of China, July 6, 2016. Muslims across China began to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic Ramadan, on Wednesday.IANS
  • Sri Lankan Muslims greet each other after the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 6, 2016.IANS
  • Pakistan Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Mosque in eastern Pakistan's Lahore, July 6, 2016IANS
  • Muslims in Panama gather for the prayer of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Panama City, capital of Panama, on July 6, 2016.IANS

Muslims come together to offer prayer and spread brotherhood on the auspicious day. Feasting is a part of the celebration as they break the fasting after the holy month of Ramadan, however, charity and sending out good wishes to people around has been a practice long followed.

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