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Muslims around the world have been breaking their Ramadan fast with a large feast known as 'iftar, shared with family and friends.
They traditionally break their fast like the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, with a sip of water after sunset prayers.
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Hundreds of millions of Muslims began fasting on Thursday from sunrise to sunset for the month.
Fasting is meant to draw worshippers closer to God through sacrifice, remembrance and heightened spirituality.
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It's also meant to be a month of gratitude in which the faithful are reminded of the suffering of those less fortunate.
Iftar is a social event as much as it is a gastronomical adventure.
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Across the Arab world, apricot juice is an iftar staple though in South Asia and Turkey, yogurt-based drinks are popular.
Every night of Ramadan, mosques and aid organizations set up tents and tables for the public to serve free iftar meals.
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Muslims living in the Northern Hemisphere will fast through especially long days this year, with the sun setting as late as 9 p.m. in cities like London.
For those living even farther north, Muslim scholars advise those fasting to adhere to time zones of the nearest Muslim-majority city or country.
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Once the start of the holy month is declared, Muslims share greetings such as 'Ramadan kareem' and 'Ramadan mubarak' via text messages, calls and emails to family and friends.
Another hallmark of Ramadan is nightly prayer at the mosque among Sunni Muslims called 'taraweeh.'
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Egyptians have the tradition of the 'fanoos,' a Ramadan lantern that is often the centerpiece at an iftar table or...
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