A man sells sweets ahead of Eid celebrations this week in Dubai / Francois Nel/Getty Images

Desserts and sweets pave the way when celebrating one of Islam's most religious holidays

Eid-ul-Fitr – also known as ‘Sweet Eid’ – is aptly named because of the sheer amount of sweet dishes and treats shared among the world’s 1.57 billion Muslims as they officially break away from the fast-days they observed throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Food can vary from the traditional – dates, vermicelli in sweet milk, honey-based pastries and cakes – to the more contemporary South-Asian sweets such as gulab jamun (heavy cake balls soaked in syrup) with ice-cream, mango or pistachio kulfi (frozen dessert) and strawberry or chocolate-favoured barfi (dense coconut confectionery).

Along with desserts, here are some of Instagram’s best Eid food posts to set your tummy rumbling:

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