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PlanetPic: Ramadan around the world in gorgeous photos
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Many devout Muslims around the world started observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the holy month of Ramadan early this week.

The first day of the celebration that marks when the Quran was first revealed varies. It falls on the day of the sighting of the crescent moon, as the Islamic Calendar is based on the cycle of the lunar calendar, but even the Middle East's moon-watching team doesn't seem to clear up the confusion around Ramadan's start. Regardless, Muslims in all countries have their preparations underway for the ninth month of their calendar.

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An Indonesian Muslim man prays at a mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Jakarta on July 10, 2013. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marked by fasting, abstaining from foods, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty.

(ADEK BERRY - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indonesian Muslims pray at a mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Jakarta on July 10, 2013. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marked by fasting, abstaining from foods, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty.

(ADEK BERRY - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian Muslims pray at Jama Masjid on the eve of Ramadan in New Delhi on July 10, 2013. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon and Muslims all over the world are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk during the month.

(RAVEENDRAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian Muslim woman prays at Jama Masjid on the eve of Ramadan in New Delhi on July 10, 2013. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon and Muslims all over the world are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk during the month.

(RAVEENDRAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish anti-goverment protesters gather as they break their first day of fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Istiklal street, the main shopping corridor, on July 9, 2013 in Istanbul. During the month devout Muslims must abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break the fast with the meal known as Iftar.

(BULENT KILIC - AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish anti-goverment protesters chant slogans at the entrance of Gezi park during a protest after their first day of fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Istiklal street, the main shopping corridor, on July 9, 2013 in Istanbul. During the month devout Muslims must abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break the fast with the meal known as Iftar.

(BULENT KILIC - AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptians shop in a market on the eve of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down, on July 9, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi by the military. Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim head of state in a ceremony in Cairo on the morning of July 4.

(Spencer Platt - Getty Images)
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Egyptians shop in a market on the eve of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down, on July 9, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi by the military. Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim head of state in a ceremony in Cairo on the morning of July 4.

(Spencer Platt - Getty Images)
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A Palestinian fixes lights in an illuminated street outside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on July 9, 2013. During Ramadan, one of the five main religious obligations under Islam, Muslims are required to abstain from food and from drinking liquids, smoking and having sex from dawn until dusk.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian child poses with a star as people arrive to attend the evening prayer during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on July 9, 2013. During Ramadan, one of the five main religious obligations under Islam, Muslims are required to abstain from food and from drinking liquids, smoking and having sex from dawn until dusk.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A pastry chef holds a tray of Arabic sweets at his bakery in Gaza City on the eve of the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on July 9, 2013. During Ramadan, one of the five main religious obligations under Islam, Muslims are required to abstain from food and from drinking liquids, smoking and having sex from dawn until dusk.

(MOHAMMED ABED - AFP/Getty Images)
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Dates, which are eaten to break a fast, are seen on sale at a market in Gaza City on the eve of the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, on July 9, 2013. During Ramadan, one of the five main religious obligations under Islam, Muslims are required to abstain from food and from drinking liquids, smoking and having sex from dawn until dusk.

(MOHAMMED ABED - AFP/Getty Images)
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Floral offerings are laid out for visitors making pilgrimages to visit the graves of family members before Ramadanon July 9, 2013 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break the fast with the meal known as Iftar.

(Robertus Pudyanto - Getty Images)
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Floral offerings are displayed for visitors making pilgrimages to visit the graves of family members before Ramadan on July 9, 2013 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break the fast with the meal known as Iftar.

(Robertus Pudyanto - Getty Images)
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