Across the globe, followers of Islam are beginning to observe the holy month of Ramadan. Believers dedicate time to reflection and prayer, while fasting from sunrise to sunset.
Many of the world’s Muslims, estimated to number more than one and a half billion, immerse themselves in the Ramadan traditions including reciting from the Quran and giving to charity.
For some, it is a time to head home and for others, a chance to go visit somewhere special. One Muslim on a trip to Turkey, explained: “We specifically came to Istanbul from the Netherlands, in order to feel the unique atmosphere of Ramadan here.”
Ramadan’s duration is a lunar month. Most countries are observing the start of this year’s holy month on July 10.
For others, including parts of Africa and the Americas, it begins on July 9.