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Muslims around the world kick off Ramadan

Muslims across the world are welcoming the holy month of Ramadan by decorating their streets and homes. While each country has a unique way of celebrating, the crescent moon and star are popular symbols that feature prominently in decorations. Traditional Ramadan lanterns are also popular in some countries and have been synonymous with the holy month for centuries. Lanterns figuratively represent Ramadan as a light guiding the way. Ramadan is the most sacred time of the year in the Islamic calendar and is observed worldwide as a month of fasting and prayer that serves to bring people closer to their faith and cleanse them of their sins.