Today, Muslims around the world will begin observing Ramadan, a holy month of celebration, marked by intense worship and prayer, spiritual reflection, self-improvement, strict fasting from sunrise to sunset, and spending quality time with family and friends. Recognized in the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Ramadan is considered the holiest month and is said to be when the sacred book of the Quran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed. Different cultures have different traditions during this time, including cooking and sharing special meals with extended family. Ramadan begins on the night the new moon is sighted and lasts for a full 30 days.
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