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Muslims in Toronto & worldwide celebrate Eid

Muslims in Toronto and around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Thursday, the official end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) is holding its 27th annual event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The day will begin with a congregational prayer, followed by a family-friendly carnival, bazaar, shows and food.

At least 10,000 people are expected to attend and the event is open to everyone. Click here for more.

During the month of Ramadan, most Muslims fast from dawn to sunset in what is known as Sawm. This fasting portion requires that those taking part abstain from eating, smoking, drinking and sexual relations in order to practice self discipline and become more thankful to God.

Eid is celebrated on different days in various Muslim countries depending on when the new moon is first observed.

In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, some 3,000 people gathered at a mosque in Jakarta to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

In Malaysia, where the festival is widely known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a mosque in Kuala Lumpur was filled with the faithful.

Nearly 60 percent of the country’s 28 million people practice Islam.

After morning prayers, many people visit cemeteries to pay their respects at the graves of deceased family members.