Middle East welcomes more somber Id

As Ramadan ends, prayers for peace and lost loved ones temper the normally festive holiday across the region.

August 30, 2011 18:55
Egypt Tahrir Square

Egypt Tahrir Square. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Id al-Fitr celebrations, which typically include elaborate feasts, are more low-key, poignant affairs this year as many across the region cope with loss and ongoing unrest.

A suicide bomb attack inside a Baghdad mosque Sunday was fresh on the minds of Iraqi Muslims, while Egyptians also raised banners supporting rebels in Libya and anti-government protesters in Yemen during their first Id since ousting President Hosni Mubarak

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In Libya, a sense of pride and pain mingled following last week's toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, and Palestinians are also hoping for change ahead of their bid for statehood.

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