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Muslims in Gaza and all over the world mark the first day of the holy month of Ramadan and observe Ramadan by abstaining from food and drink, smoking and sex from dawn until sunset. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
Iranian woman walks in to the Hazrat-e Abdul-Azim Holy Shrine in south of Tehran,Iran during Eid-al-Fitr festival on August 19, 2012. The Eid-al-Fitr festival marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian.
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House August 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The invited guests include elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths and members of the diplomatic corps. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool
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Palestinians shop in a market on August 17, 2012 in Rafah's market in the southern Gaza ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which will mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The exact date for the end of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, as is the beginning of the lunar month Prepare for Eid Al-Fitr Holiday in Gaza, Preparations include buying new clothes, toys and special sweets. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
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Palestinians buy sweets on August 17, 2012 in Rafah's market in the southern Gaza Strip ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which will mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The exact date for the end of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, as is the beginning of the lunar monthPalestinians Prepare for Eid Al-Fitr Holiday in Gaza, Preparations include buying new clothes, toys and special sweets. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
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Palestinians shop for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr festival, on the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Ramallah, West Bank, August 18, 2012. The three day celebration of Eid Al Fitr begins on Sunday and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. UPI/Debbie Hill
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Palestinian vendors sell balloons on the street for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr festival, on the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Ramallah, West Bank, August 18, 2012. The three day celebration of Eid Al Fitr begins on Sunday and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. UPI/Debbie Hill
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A Palestinian makes felafal in a restaurant for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr festival, on the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Ramallah, West Bank, August 18, 2012. The three day celebration of Eid Al Fitr begins on Sunday and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. UPI/Debbie Hill
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