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Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world

Businesses pin their hopes on annual pick-up in spending that marks start of Muslim celebration

Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
A Palestinian Muslim woman shops in downtown Ramallah in the West Bank on August 29, 2011, ahead of the upcoming Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Saudis under a 'Happy Eid' sign outside a government building in Riyadh's Masmak quarter on the eve of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on August 29 (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Vendors prepare "ketupat" the traditional Indonesian delicacy for Eid Al Fitr celebration on the sidewalks of Yogyakarta in Java on August 29, 2011. The ketupat contains rice grain wrapped in coconut leaves, cooked and served during Eid festivities and celebrations. Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
An Indian Muslim vendor fries snack items at his makeshift roadside shop ahead of Eid Al Fitr in Kolkata on August 29, 2011 (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Thai Muslim women serve cooked food to customers at a food market on the eve of the last day of Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr, beginning at sunrise, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan with feasting, gift giving and family visits (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
A Pakistani beautician applies traditional henna designs to the hands of customers ahead of the Muslim festivities of Eid Al Fitr, in Karachi, on August 29, 2011 (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
A vendor sells potatoes at Rashid Street market in the centre of Tripoli on August 29, 2011. Libyans have found the price of food considerably higher than before as they stock up on provisions before the country's first Eid celebrations since the rebels removed Colonel Gaddafi from his compound (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Indonesia Muslim women take part in a special morning prayer celebrating the start of the three-day Eid Al Fitr festival at Bali's Bajra Sandhi monument and park in Denpasar on August 30, 2011. The world's most populated Muslim nation, Indonesia, started Eid Al Fitr celebrations marking the end of Muslim's holy fasting month of Ramadan (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Palestinian Muslim women look for gifts in Rafah's market in the southern Gaza Strip on August 29, 2011, ahead of the Eid Al Fitr holiday which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan (Getty Images)
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
Afghan police break their Ramadan fast after sunset at the government district centre in Mohman Dara, Afghanistan just before Eid Al Fitr
Start of Eid Al Fitr spurs shopping sprees around the world
A Pakistani beautician applies traditional henna designs to the hands of customers ahead of the Muslim festivities of Eid Al Fitr, in Karachi, on August 29, 2011. Many Muslim women decorate their hands with henna for the festival of Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan