Holy month of Ramzan begins: In pictures

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New Delhi, June 30: Delhi has been decked up as Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, has begun on Monday, June 30. Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, President of Fatehpuri Royat Hilal Committee and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Mosque, announced that since the new moon was not sighted on Saturday, the month of Ramzan would start from Monday.

If the new moon would have been sighted on Saturday, Ramzan would have started on Sunday. But as that did not happen, Saturday was the last day of Shaban month - eighth month of the Islamic calendar - and Monday, June 30 was the first day of Ramzan.

Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims, who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.

Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn 'sehri' meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fasts in the evening. The sumptuous evening meals are known as 'iftaars'.

The month-long fasting will culminate in the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations next month. As Islam follows a lunar calendar, the holy month begins every year about 11 days earlier and its commencement is traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon.

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

 

Jama Masjid after offering prayers

People come out of Jama Masjid after offering prayers on the eve of Ramzan in Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

seekh kabab outside Jama Masjid in Delhi

A man sells seekh kabab outside Jama Masjid in Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

kabab outside Jama Masjid in Delhi

A man sells seekh kabab outside Jama Masjid in Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

A young boy sells sweets on the eve of Ramzan

A young boy sells sweets on the eve of Ramzan in Meena bazaar, near Jama masjid, Delhi on Sunday.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

A young boy sells chicken biryani outside Jama Masjid

A young boy sells chicken biryani outside Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan in abusy market

Shopping begins on the eve of Ramzan in abusy market near Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

A young boy sells chicken biryani outside Jama Masjid

A young boy sells chicken biryani outside Jama Masjid, Delhi on Sunday. (OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

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