In pics: Shades of mood ahead of Eid festivities

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Bangalore, Aug 8: Millions of Muslims across Asia celebrated the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, on Thursday with sunrise prayers followed by feasts.

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, people thronged mosques after wearing new clothes to start Eid-ul-Fitr, festivities that begin after a month of daylong fasting and prayer. The holiday also marks forgiveness and charity and people are seen handing out gifts to the poor.

South Asian states like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are expected to observe Eid on Friday after the moon is sighted.

Rushing home

People travel on the roof of a train to head home ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Rushing back home

A Bangladeshi woman tries to jump onto an overcrowded train from a bridge to travel home for Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Shopping spree

People shop on the eve of Eid-Ul-Fitr festival at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Shopping spree

A busy shopping arena on the eve of Eid-Ul-Fitr festival at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

Shopping spree

People buy decorative items on the eve of Eid-Ul-Fitr festival at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

Rushing home

People sit on the roof of an over-crowded train as they head for home on the eve of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Shopping spree

A busy market arena on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr festival at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

Offering prayers

Members of Dawoodi Bohra community offer namaz-e- Eid-ul-Fitr in Bhopal on Wednesday.

Drying sewai

A woman dries up sewai (vermicelli) for the Eid-ul-Fitr festival at her house in Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Mamata Banerjee at Iftar Party

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an iItar party in Kolkata.

Nitish Kumar at Iftar party

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during an Iftar party in Patna.

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