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Gallery: Ramadan around the world

A Palestinian vendor sells dates for Ramadan at a market in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, July 8, 2013.
A Palestinian vendor sells dates for Ramadan at a market in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, July 8, 2013.

Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calender.

During this time, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty.

In this photo, an Iraqi woman walks with her basket as she shops for food items in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a market in Baghdad on July 9, 2013, following the announcement that the fasting will begin the following day according the with sighting of the new moon. (Getty Images)

A Pakistani vendor arranges dates at his stall ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Karachi on July 9, 2013. (Getty Images)

A Pakistani Muslim checks caps at a stall ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Karachi on July 9, 2013. (Getty Images)

Sufi men parade, playing religious music, during a march prior to the start of Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on July, 8, 2013. (Getty Images)

Indonesian Muslim men prepare to sight the new moon from the rooftop of the Al-Hidayah Basmol mosque in Jakarta on July 8, 2013 in preparation for the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)

Indonesian Muslims prepare to sight the new moon from the rooftop of the Al-Hidayah Basmol mosque in Jakarta on July 8, 2013 in preparation for the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)

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