Thursday, August 8, 2013

Muslims Prepare for the End of Ramadan

Eid al-Fitr is a two-day festival that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. It begins, according to to the news clip above and the BBC, with the sighting of the crescent moon. The Guardian has a good story about the mechanics of fasting in extremely hot temperatures, "...how the body is able to cope in temperatures that have been higher than in Miami at times..." You can also find pictures about Eid al-Fitr at this slideshow from the Guardian.

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