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Three men read and recite prayers over a grave. According to Islamic tradition, it is recommended that a living plant or herbs be placed on top of or next to the grave to improve the deceased’s state on the morning of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. The first morning, families visit the graveside of relatives and then go to pray.

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Scene from Straight Street, a Roman road that runs from east to west in Old Town Damascus. The street contains several historical sights from the Roman, Christian and Islamic periods. Under Roman rule, the Straight Street was widened and became a colonnaded thoroughfare. The columns and gates can still be seen today. A large majority of Straight Street now serves as the main market in Old Town Damascus. Many people still live inside the Old Town. Damascus is oldest capital in the world. It has been continuously inhabited since around 2500 B.C.

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A teenager walks down Straight Street, a Roman road that runs from east to west in Old Town Damascus. The street contains several historical sights from the Roman, Christian and Islamic periods. Under Roman rule, the Straight Street was widened and became a colonnaded thoroughfare. The columns and gates can still be seen today. A large majority of Straight Street now serves as the main market in Old Town Damascus.

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The sun sets on traditional coffee pots and other brass items for sale along the historical Straight Street in Old Town Damascus. The city, part of the larger city of Damascus, Syria, is the oldest capital in the world. It has been continuously inhabited since around 2500 B.C.

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A man stands on Straight Street, a Roman road that runs from east to west in Old Town Damascus. The street contains several historical sights from the Roman, Christian and Islamic periods. Under Roman rule, the Straight Street was widened and became a colonnaded thoroughfare. The columns and gates can still be seen today. A large majority of Straight Street now serves as the main market in Old Town Damascus.

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Bicycles stand or lean against a wall along the historical Straight Street in Old Town Damascus in Damascus, Syria. The city is the oldest capital in the world. It has been continuously inhabited since around 2500 B.C.

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As the sun comes up along the famous Straight Street in Old Town Damascus, bakers are already hard at work to bake a day’s supply of bread, which will be all sold before noon. Damascus, Syria, is the oldest capital in the world. It has been continuously inhabited since around 2500 B.C.

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Portrait of young Syrian boys in Damascus, Syria.

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The afternoon sun shines through glasses of fresh pomegranate juice that is squeezed at a street vendor’s stall during Eid al-Fitr in Old Town Damascus in Damascus, Syria. People came to the historic area of town to celebrate the three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith.

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Two women wearing niqabs, veils worn by Muslim women that cover all of the face except the eyes, talk as one holds her child.

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Men and women gather in Old Town Damascus in Damascus, Syria, to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. People came to celebrate the three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith.

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Women walk down a street in Damascus, Syria, wearing hijabs, veil Muslim women wear.

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Women wearing niqabs, veils worn by Muslim women that cover all of the face except the eyes, walk down the road in Damascus, Syria.

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A young Syrian boy sells magnets that look like small fruits and vegetables during Eid al-Fitr in Old Town Damascus. People were out in the thousands to celebrate the three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. Special markets open for the celebration.

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Women walk down the streets of the market area in Old City Damascus in Damascus, Syria.

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People walk down the streets of the market area in Old City Damascus, in Damascus, Syria.

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Portrait of a man in the Old City Damascus market in Damascus, Syria.

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Syrians walk on the streets of Old City Damascus in Damascus, Syria, during the last night of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends. After visiting family, people go out to markets, play games and engage in fun activities. It is also a time for ladies to wear new clothing, people to give to charity and to get in touch with family regardless of where they are in the world.

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A father holds his daughter just outside the walls of Old City Damascus in Damascus, Syria, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

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Orthodox Christians worship as the morning sunlight and smoke from incense used during worship fills one of the Orthodox churches in Old City Damascus during a Sunday service. Old City Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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