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An internally displaced Somali Muslim woman prepares Iftar meals during the month of Ramadan at a makeshift camp in Mogadishu, Somalia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Kuwaitis shop at a market in Kuwait City during the second day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 7, 2019. / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Volunteers distribute food for the "Iftar" meal for Muslims to break their fast at sundown, during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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Muslim people get food at iftar, the meal after sunset, at the Masjid At-Tawheed mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Port-au-Prince on May 6, 2019. Ramadan in Haiti begins on May 6, with devotees fasting from dawn to dusk until Eid celebrations marking the end of the holy month. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA
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Pakistani Muslims buy vegetable and other items for 'iftar', the meal to break their fast, from a government-run bazaar specially set up for fasting month of Ramadan, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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A Palestinian worker packs meals to be distributed by a charity as food donation for poor people during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
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An Indian Muslim prepares food to be distributed to devotees to break their fast on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Jama-e-Masjid Aiwan in Hyderabad on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM
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Palestinians shop for traditional Ramadan lanterns for the month of Ramadan, at the main market in Gaza City, Tuesday, May. 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are preparing to celebrate Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Indonesian Muslim men read Koran as they wait for iftar during the holy month of Ramadan at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Sudanese protesters gather to break their fast outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 7, 2019, on the second day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Demonstrators remain camped out in the soaring heat of Khartoum calling for civilian rule three weeks after the military ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir. Sudan has been rocked by months of nationwide protests that initially targeted Bashir's 30-year rule, accusing the leader and his regime of running the country's economy into the ground. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Believers pray after opening ceremony of the Aladza Mosque, that was demolished at the beginning of the Bosnian war in Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic
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A Pakistani volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / ASIF HASSAN
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A man prays during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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Pakistani Muslims buy dates, a favorite food for Muslims for 'iftar', the meal to break their fast, from a government-run bazaar specially set up for fasting month of Ramadan, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Indonesian Muslims collect food provided by Al Mashun Great Mosque for free to break their fast, at the end of the second day the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, where they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
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A Pakistani volunteer fills pots with drinks for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan along the roadside in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI
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Indian Muslim devotees break their fast on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Jama-e-Masjid Aiwan in Hyderabad on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM
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People eat their Iftar (breaking fast) meals on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Ahmedabad, India, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A volunteer arranges food for the "Iftar" meal for Muslims to break their fast at sundown, during the fasting month of Ramadan at a free food distribution point in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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People buy food for the "Iftar" meal for Muslims to break their fast at sundown, during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Muhammad Rizwan)
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Thai Muslims buy food items at a market prior to breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / Madaree TOHLALA
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Thai Muslims buy food items at a market prior to breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / Madaree TOHLALA
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Palestinians pass out Iftar food for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the second day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in Rafah the southern Gaza Strip on May 7, 2019. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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A Palestinian woman shops for clothes in Gaza City, on the second day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 7, 2019. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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A Pakistani volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / ASIF HASSAN
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Palestinian men read the Koran outside the al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, on the second day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 7, 2019. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Thai Muslims buy food items at a market prior to breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / Madaree TOHLALA
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A Muslim boy waits at a bus station in Durban, on May 07, 2019 on the evening of the first day of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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Indonesian Muslim women carry boxes of food for iftar during the holy month of Ramadan at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Indonesian Muslims gather before iftar during the holy month of Ramadan at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Nepali Muslim men walk after prayers before breaking their fast at the Kashmiri Mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kathmandu on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA
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A Pakistani prays before breaking his fast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at a free food distribution point in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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A Palestinian man passes out Iftar food for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the second day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in Rafah the southern Gaza Strip on May 7, 2019. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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A Nepali Muslim man prepares food before breaking their fast at the Kashmiri Mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kathmandu on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA
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Thai Muslims buy food items at a market prior to breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. / AFP / Madaree TOHLALA
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A volunteer arranges food for the "Iftar" meal for Muslims to break their fast at sundown, during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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A Pakistani volunteer serves Iftar food to devotees prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan along the roadside in Karachi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / RIZWAN TABASSUM
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People eat charity food prepared with ostrich meat and chickpea, for the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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A Pakistan Muslim recites the Quran during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Pakistani Muslims offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan along the roadside in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI
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Palestinians shop for traditional Ramadan lanterns for the month of Ramadan, at the main market in Gaza City, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are preparing to celebrate Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Internally displaced Somali Muslim men eat Iftar meals during the month of Ramadan at a makeshift camp in Mogadishu, Somalia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Pakistan Muslims buy Iftar food before breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi on MAY 7, 2019. / AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM
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Pakistani Muslim devotees offer evening prayers after breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI
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A Pakistani cook prepares Iftar food on a street before break their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2019. / AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM
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A Sudanese man prepares food outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 7, 2019, before breaking their fast during Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Demonstrators remain camped out in the soaring heat of Khartoum calling for civilian rule three weeks after the military ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir. Sudan has been rocked by months of nationwide protests that initially targeted Bashir's 30-year rule, accusing the leader and his regime of running the country's economy into the ground. / AFP / Ashraf SHAZLY
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Pakistani Muslims buy dates, a favorite food for Muslims for 'iftar', the meal to break their fast, from a government-run bazaar specially set up for fasting month of Ramadan, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Afghan men read the Koran at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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A volunteer distributes food for the "Iftar" meal for Muslims to break their fast at sundown, during the fasting month of Ramadan at a free food distribution point in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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A volunteer arranges food plates for the people to break fast during the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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A Tunisian vendor displays dates at a central market in Tunis during the second day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 7, 2019. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Sudanese volunteers prepare meals for protesters during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in front of the defense ministry compound in Khartoum, Sudan, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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A Pakistani volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi on May 7, 2019. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP / ASIF HASSAN
Updated 07 May 2019

How Ramadan is celebrated around the world

How Ramadan is celebrated around the world

Muslims worldwide are welcoming the holy month of Ramadan with much anticipation and delight.

Traditionally marked by the sighting of the crescent moon, more than 1 billion Muslims will celebrate and reflect on their faith as they fast from sunrise to sunset for the whole month.

Designed to purify the body and focus on spirituality, Ramadan is a time when traditions and customs are highlighted, giving each country its unique spirit.