Thursday, July 7, 2016

Photos: Despite death and gloom in Bangladesh, South Asia cheers up for Eid

Muslims in South Asia, like those across the world, are celebrating Eid, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
They thronged mosques to offer prayers, relished delicacies, and visited fairs in their best fineries. In India, mass prayers were organised on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi, and other major cities. In Pakistan, festivities involved camel and roller-coaster rides. Spirits were high in earthquake-hit Nepal, too.
However, another gruesome terrorist attack in Bangladesh dampened spirits in that country. On July 7, two people were killed and at least 9 injured in blasts at the Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj town, about 140 km northeast of the capital, Dhaka. This comes just days after a popular Dhaka cafe was put under siege by suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorists, resulting in the death of over 20 people.
This year Ramadan witnessed unprecedented violence with radical Islamic groups killing hundreds in Muslim-dominated areas.
Nevertheless, Eid brought a semblance of relief and joy to the community in South Asia.
Here’s a peek into the celebrations in the region:

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Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Hyderabad on July 7, 2016.(AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Prayers being offered at New Delhi’s Jama mosque on July 7, 2016.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
The devout mark the end of Ramadan at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex in Agra.(Reuters/Pawan Kumar)
A boy offers Eid prayers in Mumbai.(AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)
Muslims greet each other at the Shams mosque on the outskirts of Mumbai, India.(EPA/Divyakant Solanki)
A Nepalese Muslim at Kashmiri Mashjid in Kathmandu, Nepal.(EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
Prayers being offered at Mumbai’s Shams mosque.(EPA/Divyakant Solanki)
The devout leave Shams mosque after prayers.(EPA/Divyakant Solanki)
Nepalese Muslims at Kashmiri Mashjid in Kathmandu.(EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
Prayers at Kashmiri Mashjid.(EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
Inside another Kathmandu mosque.(Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
Nepalese Muslim girls take a selfie at Kashmiri Mashjid.(EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
Religious fervour in Mumbai.(AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)
Youngsters play with toy guns during Eid festivities in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.(AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
Eid prayers at the historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
A Pakistani woman prays at Lahore’s Badshahi mosque.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani women share greetings at the Badshahi mosque.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani children enjoy a camel ride at a fair to celebrate the Eid.(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
A ride at an Eid fair in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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