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AP PHOTOS: Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr

A Malaysian Islamic authority performing the "Rukyah Hilal Syawal," the sighting of the new moon to determine the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, is silhouetted against an early evening sky in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, July 16, 2015. The Eid al-Fitr celebrations start on Friday, July 17, which also marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

CAIRO (AP) — Across the world on Friday, Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is one of the centerpieces of the Muslim calendar. It features large public group prayers and extended family gatherings.

Parents often buy gifts and new clothes for their children. Public squares, parks and zoos across the Muslim world become packed with visitors and picnickers.

The following collection of images from Associated Press photographers depicts scenes of Eid al-Fitr festivities encompassing the global Muslim community — from Egypt and Pakistan to the United States, Russia, Italy and Indonesia.

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AP Middle East Regional photo editor Maya Alleruzzo in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo.

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