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Ramadan Fasts and Feasts: Islam's Holy Month Around the World
Ramadan is marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
A Palestinian boy plays with fireworks as he celebrates the start of Ramadan on May 31.
The fast presents a physical and spiritual challenge every year, but particularly when the holiday falls during harsh Mideast summer when the days are longest and temperatures soar in some places to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.