Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins

On July 9, the world’s one billion Muslims will begin to celebrate Ramadan, which many think of as the holiest holiday in Islam.

Ramadan is a time of self-purification and self-sacrifice. All who have reached puberty are expected to refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions are the elderly and ill, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and travelers. Usually these individuals are expected to make up the fast days at another time or to help feed the poor. 

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