(REUTERS) – Across Asia, Muslims are travelling to be with their families to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end to the fasting month of Ramadan.
In Bangladesh, crowds of people squeezed onto ferries and trains in Dhaka for their journey home.
Over in Southeast Asia, to the country with the largest Muslim population in the world – Indonesia, thousands gathered for prayers.
INDONESIAN MUSLIM, TAIJUDDIN ISMAIL,
“Eid-al Fitr is the time for everybody to gather and ask for forgiveness, not only from Allah but from parents, spouses and the children. It’s always for a new beginning.”
But the coming of Eid this year is particularly timely in Afghanistan.
The government there is in the midst of talks with the Taliban, an effort hoping to bring peace after decades of conflict.
President Ashraf Ghani expressed this hope.
AFGHAN PRESIDENT ASHRAF GHANI,
“I send my regards to all Afghan nationals on the Eid holiday. I really hope that these special days are without any incident so our people can enjoy with their families in peace as they have passed the holy month of Ramadan.”
Every year, Muslims across the world celebrate Eid, one of the biggest religious festivals.
This year, Eid will be celebrated on either Friday (July 17) or Saturday (July 18) , when the first sighting of the new moon is seen in the sky.