Posted July 31st, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are key facts concerning the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

-Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

-The start of Ramadan is determined by the appearance of a new moon.

-Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from daybreak to sunset during Ramadan.

-For Muslims, Ramadan is intended to teach spirituality, patience and devotion to God.

-After sunset, Muslims celebrate with family visits and iftars, shared meals that break the fast.

-Ramadan ends with the Eid al-Fitr festival, which includes feasts and an exchange of gifts.