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    Your favorite Eid traditions

    Kid with the 'Eid' flag

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This photo of a young Muslim boy called Shahzad was taken on August 19, 2012 during the Eid celebrations in the Jama Masjid mosque in Mysore, India by Dinesh Maneer , a mechanical engineer who has a passion for photography (www.dineshmaneer.com)

    "There is a mosque nearby where our Muslim friends celebrate. People from various places come here in the morning and stand in long line to get the holy water from the mosque. Then there will be a feast for everyone and Sharbat ( juice ) to cool off! Many families meet here, enjoy till the evening followed by shopping on the streets, eating and games.

    "Though I am from a different religion (Hindu ) I am fortunate enough to grow with a good understanding of Muslim culture. I personally remember many who were almost like our family members in my village. Now I am living in the cities but I managed to have some Muslim friends here too who invite me during the festival. I always visit when convenient and the Sharabat which I will never miss," said the 33-year-old from Bangalore, India.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Everybody knows the Muslim festival Eid or Eid al-Fitr which is the feast day of breaking fast after Ramdan. Though I am from a different religion I was invited by friend to the mosque for photographing the celebrations. Initially I felt bit like an alien in the crowd as my friend was busy , but after meeting with this little family with lots of kids I became very comfortable. When I began taking pictures this kid's mom wanted her son to hold the flag for the picture. I waited for a pleasant moment on his face which showed the happiness and the excitement due to celebration atmosphere
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