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Ramadan 2022: What to know about the month of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide

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The evening of April 1 marks the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic holy calendar, which is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of prayer, fasting and community

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The holy month begins and ends around the crescent moon, a symbol used in Ramadan decorations.

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So, what are some traditions observed by Muslims during Ramadan and why, and how long does the holy month last? Here's what to know.

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There are no fixed start and end dates for the holy month, which relies on the observation of the crescent moon and can change every calendar year.

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Observing Ramadan each year is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting from dawn to sunset is required for all adult Muslims, with some exceptions for age, illness or other medical conditions.

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During Ramadan, Muslims observing the daily fast being with a meal before dawn called the suhur, then end each day with an evening meal after sundown called the iftar.

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There are strict rules for following a fast during Ramadan. In addition to fasting from all food from dawn to sunset, Muslims also abstain from all drinks, including water. Chewing gum is also prohibited during the fast.

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Eid al-Fitr will mark the end of the holy month, beginning the evening of May 1 and lasting for three days. It also begins Shawwal, the 10th month on the Islamic calendar.