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Muslims Celebrate Start of Ramadan  


Muslims around the world are marking the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

The start of the holiday varies in Muslim communities and countries depending on the sighting of the crescent moon.

The first day of fasting began (Monday) in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, as well as the United States and the majority of the Middle East. But Muslims in Libya marked the start of Ramadan Sunday, and Iran will begin to observe the fasting month Tuesday.

During Ramadan, Muslims awaken long before the pre-dawn call to prayer. Eating and drinking is a priority in those early hours, because once the sun rises, a day of fasting begins.

Muslims are expected to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations until sunset, when the fast is broken with a meal called "iftaar."

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