Every year, over a billion Muslims observe the holy month of Ramadan. One of the most beautiful aspects of Ramadan is how millions of people, irrespective of age, ethnicity or background can come together to fast, pray and worship Allah as one.
With that comes a range of ways in which people celebrate and practice the most blessed month of the year. From moon sightings and sunrises to Iftar sunsets, we’ll let these pictures of how Ramadan is celebrated around the world speak for themselves.
An Indian Muslim offers prayers before breaking his fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India.
Muslims perform Tarawih prayers to mark the start of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore.
A Palestinian man reads the Qu’ran in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, in a compound known as al-Haram al-Sharif.
New York City, United States
In Manhattan, New York City, a reflection of Washington Square Arch is seen as Muslim women pray Tarawih prayers in the Islamic Center at New York University.
Brooklyn, United States
Muslims shop for decorations ahead of the first day of Ramadan in Brooklyn, New York.
Indonesian Muslims pray Tarawih at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Decorations are put up on the seaside yard of a coffee shop, one day ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
Commuters travel past plates of food at Maghrib, placed for them to break their fasts during Ramadan.
Two women looking at Ramadan lanterns, or ‘fanoos Ramadan’, at Sayida Zienab district market in old Cairo, Egypt.
Javanese Muslims take a bath on the beach as they prepare for Ramadan with padusan ritual at Parangtritis beach.
London, United Kingdom
Muslims attend Friday prayers during Ramadan in the courtyard of a housing estate in east London.
A migrant wrapped in a blanket reads the Qu’ran as he prays at sunrise on the rocks of the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Ventimiglia, Italy and Menton, France.
Filipino Muslim children are taught by an Arabic teacher how to pray on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, outside the Pink mosque in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, southern Philippines.
Muslims pray at the Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Muslims eat at dusk at the historic Nuikie mosque in Beijing, China.
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