(The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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With Eid al-Fitr around the corner, families gathered at markets and festivals that opened over the weekend in southern Sidon and Nabatieh. The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, expected mid-June this year, and is considered the most important of the year for Muslims. Gifts are commonly exchanged, with children receiving clothes and toys. Many families with limited-incomes shop for clothes and sweets for Eid using money donated through zakat, in addition to aid money distributed during the holy month of Ramadan by local NGOs.Many Palestinian families also receive money from relatives abroad during the period. Nabatieh and Tyre also saw an increase in sales as families hit the shops in the evening to make purchases for the holiday.
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