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Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, began last week.

For muslims around the world, its a time abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.

Check out the photos from our friends at Capture the Spirit of Ramadan, an international photography contest, showing how Muslims are bringing in this year's Ramadan festivities.

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A street vendor prepares 'dry Seviyan', or milky noodle soup.


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'Dance until you shatter yourself.' Every year at the beginning of Ramadan, Mr. Altony and his whirling dervish enchant the public of Alexandria.


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A group of devotees washes their hands and feet, before the ritual prayer at the Nepali Jame Masjit in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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Elderly couples walking together after prayer.


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Children waiting for the evening prayer.


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Shopping for the right prayer caps.






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