IN PICS: Ramadan celebrations

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Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims throng Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, gathering around the holy Kaaba, late 20 November 2003 to mark the 27th night of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, known as Lailat al-Qadr, the night when the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed in the year 610 AD, according to Muslim tradition. Devoted Muslims spend the night reading the Koran and praying. (Getty Images)
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Young Saudis enjoy the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of a three-day festival, at Prince Faisal bin Fahd stadium in Riyadh, late 12 October 2007. Piety, defiance and bloodshed marked the feast of Eid al-Fitr, ending the holy month of Ramadan, across much of the Middle East. (Getty Images)
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Russian performers juggle fire during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, at Prince Faisal bin Fahd stadium in Riyadh. (Getty Images)
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A Saudi man leans over sacks of aromatic Oud or Agarwood at a shop in Riyadh. Oud, also known by the names Agrawood and Aloeswood, in the resinous aromatic heartwood of the Aquilaria tree, native to southeast Asia, that is highly valued for its pleasing fragrance and thus used as incense. Oud is one of the products that Muslims traditionally stock-up on in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festivities that mark the end of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
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A shopper tests the fabric of a traditional headscarf on display at a shop in Riyadh. For the Eid festivities Muslims are encouraged to dress in their very best clothes, which should be brand new if possible. (Getty Images)
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Asian Muslims gather outside a mosque in Dubai, as the sunsets, waiting to break their fast as the final week of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches in 2007. For Muslims the world over, Ramadan, held in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time of worship and contemplation during which a fast is observed from dawn until dusk. The sighting of the new moon next week will mark the end of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
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Mohammed Raisi, a volunteer with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai, explains the fundamentals of Islam to a group of tourists during a tour of the Jumeirah Mosque in September 2007. The centre was established a decade ago to raise awareness of and understanding between the estimated 150 nationalities living in the emirate. (Getty Images)
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A group of female tourists visit the Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai in 2007. The tour is organised by Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The non-profit group, named after Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum, organises regular activities during Ramadan, with one of the most popular being a guided tour of a mosque. (Getty Images)
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Asian Muslims wait to break their fast in a food hall on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai last year. Underpaid and underfed all year, Asian workers in Dubai, as in the rest of the United Arab Emirates, get a chance to eat their fill - and for free - during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
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A Saudi man reads the Koran at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh in 2007, during the fourth day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
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Muslim workers break their fast on the first Friday of Ramadan at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, in 2007. (Getty Images)
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Several types of dates are displayed for sale at a market in Dubai in September 2007 in the first day of Ramadan. The start of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month of the Muslim calendar, is traditionally determined by the sighting of a new crescent moon, often dividing rival Islamic countries and sects over the exact date. (Getty Images)
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Afghani bakers make traditional bread in Dubai on the first day of Ramadan last year. (Getty Images)
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Young Saudis from the Wahdi al-Dawser troupe perform to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Riyadh, back in 2006. King Abdullah and other Saudi dignitaries led the sermon of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
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Camels are paraded in a street of Riyadh in October 2006, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. The feast of Eid al-Fitr, which brings to an end the fasting of Ramadan, is considered the most important in the Muslim calendar. (Getty Images)
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Emirati men exchange Eid greetings with the traditional nose kiss after the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mussallah in Dubai. (Getty Images)