A circus performer rides a motorcycle across the "Wall of Death" during a fair on the second day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Jalālābād, Afghanistan.

Jalālābād, Afghanistan

A circus performer rides a motorcycle across the "Wall of Death" during a fair on the second day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Jalālābād, Afghanistan.
Photograph by Noorullah Shirzada, AFP/Getty Images

See How Muslims Celebrate the End of Ramadan Around the World

Millions of Muslims across the globe are preparing for Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of the Islamic holy month.

When the sun sets on June 24, Muslims around the world will look skyward for a crescent of pale white light—the conclusion to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan emblazoned in the night sky.

Beginning and ending with the new moon, Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Arabic lunar calendar. It is believed by Muslims to be when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than a millennium ago. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and vices like gossip and lying. Not only is it meant to be a period of self-reflection, but to serve as a reminder to be charitable to the less fortunate.

Eid al-Fitr, Arabic for “festival of breaking fast," is celebrated over three days at the end of Ramadan through prayer, feasts, parades, gifts, and charitable giving.

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