[PHOTOS] Ramadan Celebrations Around the World

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, began last Friday, July 20. Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. Ramadan is also a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Check out photos from Capture the Spirit of Ramadan, an international photography contest that shows how Muslims around the world are bringing in Ramadan. 



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A young street vendor smiles as he sells pickles at market on Omar El-Mokhtar street. Gaza, Palestine.

Photographer: Asmaa Motaz ELkhaldi. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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At the market, a date seller awaits customers. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Photographer: Abdullah Sulaiman Alshathri. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Colors of Ramadan. Streets of Abu Dhabi decorated with Ramadan lights. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Photographer: Grace Montives. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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The Ramadan lanterns, or Fanous, a time-honoured accompaniment of the holy month. Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar.

Photographer: Jovenal V. de Castro. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Women making pastries for iftar, the breaking of fast. Solo, Indonesia.

Photographer: Akbar Nugroho Gumay. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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The Floating Mosque. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Photographer: Joserl Cruz Rabe. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A villager reads the Qur'an. Yefren, Lybia.

Photographer: Aimen Salem Ashur. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A man prays the afternoon prayer after a day of rafting. Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Photographer: Adi Gološ. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A musaharati, drummer, wakes people up for suhoor, the early breakfast before fasting begins at sunrise. Jerusalem, Palestine.

Photographer: Areen Tawfeeq Natsheh. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Taraweeh (night) prayers in the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad. Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Photographer: Noushad Ali. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Local bakers prepare bread. Kairouan, Tunisia.

Photographer: Zied Nsir. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Evening shops - streets filled with small shops that sell samosa and sweet cakes. Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Photographer: Noushad Ali. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Kids play fire football in front of a school after the night prayers. Sleman, DI Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Photographer: Moch Asim. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Nur Fitriani poses for a photo shoot for an Indonesian teen magazine at the Grand Mosque (Masjid Raya), Makassar, Indonesia.

Photographer: Effendy Wongso. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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The city of Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Photographer: Hafiz Karim. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Corniche Mosque, located on the shore of the Red Sea. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Photographer: Hassan Malik Manzoor. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Qatayef, an Arab dessert commonly served during the month of Ramadan, a sort of sweet dumpling filled with cream or nuts. Gaza, Palestine.

Photographer: Omar Ishaq Omar El Qattaa. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Locals at the markets in the streets of Gaza. Palestine.

Photographer: Omar Ishaq Omar El Qattaa. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A young boy reads the Qur'an. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Photographer: Abdullah Sulaiman Alshathri. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A woman carries home firewood from the forest to serve as fuel so she can cook for her family. Tuban, East Java, Indonesia.

Photographer: Iwan Hariyanto. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A man recites the Qur'an on his scooter in the streets of Cairo, Egypt.

Photographer: Mohd Azmir Rahman. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A man performs ablution, the act of washing for ritual purification, in the desert. Awal Valley, Libya.

Photographer: Mohamed Taher Ben Khlifa. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A young girl recites the Qur'an. Skopje, Macedonia.

Photographer: Emir Kadrić. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A family prepares for Iftar on a beach in Alexandria, Egypt.

Photographer: Nadya Zlateva. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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People visit Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.

Photographer: Sajid Laeeq. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Two Indonesian men with visual impairment read braille Qur'an. Solo, Indonesia.

Photographer: Akbar Nugroho Gumay. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Locals line up to receive free traditional Samin porridge to break their fast. Solo, Indonesia.

Photographer: Akbar Nugroho Gumay. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Colorful Ramadan toys. Gaza, Palestine.

Photographer: Jehad Shrafi. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Prayers at the Nasir Al Molk Mosque. Shiraz, Iran.

Photographer: Gholam Reza Yazdani. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Congregants at the steps of Jama Masjid, Delhi, India.

Photographer: Chetan Saini. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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A couple recite the Qur'an under a tree in a city park in Batam Island, Indonesia.

Photographer: Tundra Laxamana. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012
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Capturing the sunset. Palestine.

Photographer: Yousef Shakarnah. Copyright ©StudioBasel, IRPC 2012