Eid al-Fitr 2019 festival getaway crush makes our Bank Holiday chaos look like a walk in the park as Ramadan ends

INCREDIBLE photos of people cramming onto overflowing trains and boats have emerged ahead of one of Islam's most important religious festivals.

Pictures taken in Bangladesh and Pakistan show the start of epic Eid al-Fitr migration as tens of thousands scramble for a prize place on public transport.

Railway station platforms are seen overflowing with passengers as workers head back to their homes to spend the holiday with their families.

People can be seen hauling heavy bags, boxes, cases and sacks onto the roofs of trains while others risk their lives by hanging off the side of ships.

The streets are packed as people made their way towards mobbed ferry terminals and train stations by any means possible.

Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting that started on May 5 and finishes today.

The festival kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the long period of fasting.

It is believed that good deeds are rewarded 10 times in Islam and so to fast for the 30 days fulfils the obligation of fasting for the entire year.

Traditionally, the festival last for three days but public holidays can vary in different countries around the world.

As in previous years, the Muslim world was split on when the start of Eid is, as it's based on sighting the new moon by eye.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE start Eid today, whereas Egypt, Syria, Jordan and others won't start till tomorrow.

It is a celebratory festival and men and women will dress up for the occasion – with some painting their hands in henna.

Friends and family gather together to exchange gifts and money and eat traditional food. Muslims also take part in prayer services and attend a sermon after dawn.


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