Iranians celebrate Eid al-Fitr nationwide at end of Ramadan
Iranians across the nation are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has led the Eid prayers at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds (Mosalla) in the capital, Tehran.
The Leader is now delivering the sermons following the prayers.
Eid al-Fitr marks the new lunar month of Shawwal and the end of Ramadan — the ninth month on the Islamic calendar — when Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured from dawn to dusk.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, given the belief that it was in Ramadan when the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
During the Eid, Muslims all over the world attend mass prayers, listen to sermons and pay Zakat al-Fitr.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan and Turkey celebrated Eid on Tuesday, whereas Iran, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia and Malaysia mark the occasion on Wednesday.