Photos: Ramadan celebrations around the globe

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Devotees practice social distancing on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on April 16.

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Updated 1118 GMT (1918 HKT) April 18, 2021

Devotees practice social distancing on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on April 16.

Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

In many parts of the Muslim world, the holy month of Ramadan began on Monday. For the second year in a row, practicing Muslims will observe the month during a pandemic — a reality that will, again, disrupt age-old communal traditions for many.

For Muslims, the daily Ramadan fast is broken at dusk, not just with food and drink but with a gathering of friends, family and colleagues. It’s also a time when financially-secure Muslims are encouraged to feed poorer families in their larger communities.

Once again, Muslim communities will try to come together while staying physically apart. It’s a challenge that many devout Muslims, determined to observe all the tenets of this holy month, say they are up for.



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