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The whole world is celebrating Ramadan right now, and it's beautiful
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Ramadan is a holy, spiritual time: a month of fasting and feast, prayer and purification. It's considered the most sacred time of year for the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.

Indonesia and India are home to the world's biggest Muslim populations, while Muslims make up the vast majority of people across the Middle East and North Africa, according to Pew.

It's a beautiful thing when shared traditions unite so many different people. Here's a look at Ramadan scenes all over the world this week.

China ramadan 2014
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Chinese Muslim women of the Hui ethnic minority adjust their headscarves before breaking fast at the historic Niujie Mosque in Beijing on July 3, 2014.

(Kevin Frayer - AFP/Getty Images)
India ramadan 2014
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Indian Muslims break their fast in Hyderabad on July 2, 2014.

(Noah Seelam - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian workers dry vermicelli, used to make a traditional sweet dish popular during the fasting month of Ramadan, in Allahabad on July 1, 2014.

(Sanjay Kanojia - AFP/Getty Images)
France ramadan 2014
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Muslim faithfuls pray at Assalam Mosque on the eve the first day of Ramadan in Nantes, western France.

(Jean-Sebastien Evrard - AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan ramadan 2014
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Afghan children read and memorize the Quran at a mosque in Jalalabad on June 29, 2014.

(Noorullah Shirzada - AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia ramadan 2014
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Javanese Muslims gather on the beach as they prepare for Ramadan with the "padusan" purification ritual at Parangtritis beach on June 27, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

(Ulet Ifansasti - AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia ramadan 2014 2
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Indonesian students of an Islamic boarding school in the city of Medan, located on the island of Sumatra, read the Koran.

(Sutanta Aditya - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indonesian children play by a lamp at Jakarta's Istiqlal mosque on June 28, 2014.

(Romeo Gacad - AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq ramadan 2014
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Displaced Iraqis get ready to break their fast at a temporary camp set up to shelter people fleeing violence in northern Iraq, on July 1, 2014 in Aski Kalak, 40 kms west of the Kurdish autonomous region's capital Erbil.

(Safin Hamed - AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey ramadan 2 2014
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Whirling dervishes perform at the Maltepe Stadium in Istanbul on June 27, 2014, on the eve of Ramadan. The dervishes are adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer.

(Ozan Kose - AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey ramadan 2014
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Turkish soldiers fire a military cannon to mark the fasting break time on June 28, 2014 at the Blue Mosque square in Istanbul.

(Ozan Kose - AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish Muslims break the fast at Uskudar, Istanbu on July 3, 2014.

(Bulent Kilic - AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen ramadan 2014
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Prayer beads for sale in Sanaa, Yemen's Old City, July 2, 2014.

(Mohammed Huwais - AFP/Getty Images)
Libya ramadan 2014
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A Libyan man reads the Koran at a mosque in the capital Tripoli on July 1, 2014.

(Mahmud Turkia - AFP/Getty Images)
Kosovo ramadan 2014
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Construction workers set up a giant tent in Pristina, Kosovo where free meals will be provided for poor people during Ramadan.

(Armend Nimani - AFP/Getty Images)
London ramadan 2014
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Members of the Muslim community arrive at the East London Mosque for prayers on the evening before the start of Ramadan, June 28, 2014.

(Rob Stothard - AFP/Getty Images)
Palestine ramadan 2014
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Palestinian children inspect traditional Ramadan lanterns displayed at a market in Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip.

(Mohammed Abed - AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysia ramadan 2014
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Young Malaysian Muslim children break their fast on the first day of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur.

(Manan Vatsyayana - AFP/Getty Images)
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