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Photos: Muslims prepare for Ramadan around the world

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began around the world on Wednesday evening. During Ramadan Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, reflect on their spirituality, and focus on prayer and charity.

Unlike many other holidays, Ramadan follows the lunar calendar, which means that it’s not tied to a specific date in the Gregorian calendar.

Youths clean the dome of a mosque ahead  of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 15, 2015. Photo by Beawiharta/Reuters

Youths clean the dome of a mosque ahead of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 15, 2015. Photo by Beawiharta/Reuters

Palestinians shop in a market ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 17, 2015. Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters  - RTX1GW59

Palestinians shop in a market ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 17, 2015. Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A man adjusts his compass to find the proper direction before installing a theodolite to look for the new moon that will mark the start of Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A man adjusts his compass to find the proper direction before installing a theodolite to look for the new moon that will mark the start of Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A Syrian refugee shops at a market with his humanitarian aid vouchers in preparation for Ramadan at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, on June 15, 2015. Photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

A Syrian refugee shops at a market with his humanitarian aid vouchers in preparation for Ramadan at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, on June 15, 2015. Photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Youths prepare cookies at a small traditional factory ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Youths prepare cookies at a small traditional factory ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A man reads the Quran at the Grand Mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

A man reads the Quran at the Grand Mosque in Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on June 17, 2015. Photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

A Palestinian man hangs decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan outside his home in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2015.  Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

A Palestinian man hangs decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan outside his home in Jerusalem’s Old City on June 16, 2015. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

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