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Ramadan around the world

2010-08-12 07:21:10 GMT2010-08-12 15:21:10 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The lights go on at the iconic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, marking the start of holy month of Ramadan.

Determined by the first sighting of a crescent moon, Ramadan is observed by abstinence from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight.

In Indonesia, the most populous muslim nation, about 17,000 people gather to pray at the grand mosque in Jakarta.

In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia's capital city , vendors are selling local food delicacies and traditional clothes in makeshift stalls to serve Muslim shoppers on the first day of fasting for Ramadan.

In China members of the muslim community gather to pray in Beijing.

And in Afghanistan. soldiers form the Afghan National Army continue on their patrols -- but when the sun comes down, like muslims around the world, they break their daily fast.

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