Observant Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan, a holy month during which they will fast during the daylight hours. The fast emphasizes personal discipline and focus on spiritual rather than material things. It is also a time of celebration and feasting as communities come together to break the fast in a traditional iftar meal.
Ramadan, which literally means "scorching" in Arabic, is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It was established as a holy month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, frequently translated as “the Night of Power.”
The closure of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, which takes place roughly 30 days after the beginning of the month. On Eid ul-Fitr, morning prayers are followed by feasting and celebration among family and friends.
See how Muslims around the world are praying, fasting and feasting for Ramadan. We will update this slideshow throughout the month so you can follow along with the international Muslim community as they celebrate Ramadan.