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Area muslims mark first day of Ramadan

Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM

Muslims gathered Wednesday to pray and break fast on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar.

Muslims refrain from food and drink from sunrise to sundown on the first day of the religious holiday, give money to charity and devote more time to prayer at this time of "spiritual cleansing."

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the declaration of faith, prayers, charity and a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Editor's note: A story in Thursday’s Tribune gave incorrect information about the first day of Ramadan.

From staff reports

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