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When Is Ramadan 2013?

This year, Ramadan falls on Tuesday, July, 9.

For a month, Muslims in Canada and around the world will take part in a fasting ritual that will last for 30 days and end on Wednesday, August, 7.

Also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan, the religious holiday was created as a Holy Month after the first Qur'an was shown to the Prophet Muhammad, later known as the Night of Power or Laylat al-Qadr.

During this month of intermittent fasting, Muslims don't eat, drink, smoke or perform sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk and spend time doing their usual day-to-day duties along with prayer and reading spiritual texts.

When Muslims break their fast, they eat foods like dates, fresh fruit and veggies and flatbread, according to The Kitchn.

Muslims also spend this month donating to charity or taking part in food drives or other voluntary programs.

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