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Muslims start 3-day celebration marking end of Ramadan

Eid al-Fitr celebrations are taking place across the city on Monday.

Eid al-Fitr is the start of a three-day holiday as Muslims exchange gifts, visit family and friends at home, and throw elaborate feasts. Also known as the “lesser Eid,” the celebration is one of the two most important Muslim festivals.

Eid al-Adha, the greater Eid, begins Oct. 3 this year.

The celebration comes after Ramadan, a month of fasting and reflection, which ended on Monday.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast between sunrise and sundown.

More than 15,000 Muslims are expected to gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 10 a.m. on Monday to mark the occasion.

Thousands are also expected to gather at the International Muslims Organization of Toronto on Rexdale Boulevard on Monday.