Outside Damascus Gate near midnight, shops are bustling, sidewalks are thronged with people and street vendors are offering fresh-made crepes and corn-on-the-cob. Enormous bunches of helium balloons for sale, offering the likeness of Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants, would make it seem as if celebrations will proceed as usual for Id al-Fitr, the holiday that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.