2013-08-08 14:59:00

72,000 attend Eid al-Fitr festivities in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, August 8, Interfax - St. Petersburg's celebrations of the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, have been incident-free, a city police spokesman told Interfax.

The festivities have already drawn 72,000 people, he said.

The events started with a reading of the Quran at 7:00 a.m. The city's Muslims were able to attend Eid al-Fitr services at the central mosque near the Gorkovskaya subway station, a mosque in the Primorsky District and a prayer room on Sofiyskaya Street.

Eyewitnesses have said that Muslims also prayed at the city's markets, including the Apraksin Dvor market.