This year, civil activists from numerous faith and ethnic groups in Nineveh have turned out to celebrate Eid with their Muslim neighbours, hoping to foster improved inter-community relations and combat extremism.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered the opening of the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad for Eid al-Fitr, signalling a shift away from Iraqi rulers' isolation from citizens.
Syrian refugees living in Turkey are returning home by the thousands for Eid al-Adha, and the border crossing facilities are working overtime to facilitate the process. The director of public relations and information in Bab al-Hawa crossing said that over 30,000 Syrians had crossed in the past week.
Volunteer groups have taken on a leading role in supporting the thousands of people from the East Ghouta region, east of Damascus, who were displaced to Idlib and western Aleppo in March and April this year.