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Ramadan from around the world: Muslims celebrate with prayer, reflection, food

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Millions of Muslims around the world celebrated the holy month of Ramadan, which began on April 13.

During Ramadan –the ninth month of the Islamic calendar – those observing refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

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The month is marked by prayer, reflection, charity, and community.

Mecca

Muslims perform Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
Muslims perform Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Jerusalem

Palestinians take part in the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on April 16, 2021. (AFP)
Palestinians take part in the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on April 16, 2021. (AFP)

Mosul

People gather to have their Iftar (breaking fast) meals during the fasting month of Ramadan, in Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters)
People gather to have their Iftar (breaking fast) meals during the fasting month of Ramadan, in Mosul, Iraq. (Reuters)

Cairo

People shop from a stall selling Ramadan lanterns along a main street in the in the northern suburb of Shubra of Egypt’s capital Cairo. (AFP)
People shop from a stall selling Ramadan lanterns along a main street in the in the northern suburb of Shubra of Egypt’s capital Cairo. (AFP)

Amman

People shop for Ramadan decorations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Amman, Jordan. (Reuters)
People shop for Ramadan decorations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Amman, Jordan. (Reuters)

Manila

Filipino Muslim men attend prayers on the first day of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. (Reuters)
Filipino Muslim men attend prayers on the first day of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. (Reuters)

Jakarta

Women read the Quran as they wait to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)
Women read the Quran as they wait to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)

Karachi

A man arranges plates of food for Iftar (breaking fast) meal during the fasting month of Ramadan, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)
A man arranges plates of food for Iftar (breaking fast) meal during the fasting month of Ramadan, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)

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