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Millions of Muslims in South Asia Celebrate Eid al-Fitr


Millions of Muslims across South Asia have celebrated the annual Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan.

And millions of them will celebrate it on Wednesday because of different sightings of the new moon at different places.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the world's Muslims to help his country rid itself of insurgents.

In New Delhi, government offices closed, and thousands packed into the main 17th-century mosque known as "Jama Masjid" Tuesday morning to pray. Eid was also celebrated Tuesday in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal, and southern Karnataka and Kerala states. But in other parts of the country it will be observed on Wednesday.

In Bangladesh, Eid will also fall on Wednesday.

In Pakistan, the official day of Eid will be Wednesday, though in some parts people celebrated it on Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.