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Feasts and fireworks as Muslims in Asia mark Eid

Published on Aug 19, 2012 8:31 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - Millions of Muslims across Asia began celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Sunday, with a month of fasting giving way to feasting, family reunions and raucous festivities.

Vast crowds gathered at mosques, fireworks lit up the night sky and tens of millions headed home to villages to see their relatives and mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, dozens of drummers accompanied a chanting crowd and fireworks shot up from backyards, while mosques played loud music to usher in week-long festivities in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

Mr Dian, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, took his family to a mosque in the capital for an early morning sermon with thousands of Muslims, including sleeping children who had stayed up all night.

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