Celebrating Id al-Fitr by the sea

Israeli Arabs and Palestinians from the West Bank Thursday celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the beaches of Tel Aviv.

By HADAS PARUSH, JPOST.COM STAFF
August 9, 2013 07:04
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Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the beach in Tel Aviv.

Eid al-Fitr beach celebration 370. (photo credit: Hadas Parush)

Israeli Arabs and Palestinians from the West Bank Thursday celebrated the first day of Id al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, by bringing their families to enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv.

Id al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan (Hadas Parush)

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Israeli authorities ease restrictions for Muslim worshipers to enter Jerusalem during the holiday to pray at the al-Aksa Mosque.

Each year at Ramadan's end, celebrants flock from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv's Mediterranean coast, many for the first time.

A family celebrates Id al-Fitr at the beach in Tel Aviv (Hadas Parush)

The feast of Id al-Fitr began Thursday for Palestinians, according to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

A woman prays at the shore in Tel Aviv during Id al-Fitr celebrations (Hadas Parush)



Celebrations will continue through Sunday, when more crowds are expected to congregate for shore-side festivities.

Id al-Fitr celebration at  the beach in Tel Aviv (Hadas Parush)

During Ramadan, the faithful are supposed to abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex in a dawn-to-dusk period meant to test the faith and discipline of Muslims.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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