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Holy month of Ramzan begins today

World's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramzan from today.

Muslims offer prayers on the main road at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar on the first day of fasting month of Ramzan on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Muslims offer prayers on the main road at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar on the first day of fasting month of Ramzan on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Muslims offer prayers on the main road at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar on the first day of fasting month of Ramzan on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Ramzan will begin from Monday (June 20) as the new moon could not be sighted anywhere in the country.

A girl looks at the moon through binoculars at Bhindi Bazzar in Mumbai, one day prior to the start of Ramzan. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

The month-long fasting will culminate in the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations next month.

Security personnel march through the by lanes of the old city of Hyderabad as a part of the security arrangements ahead of Ramzan. (Source: PTI)

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 today, the month of Ramzan will start from Monday. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

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. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramzan this weekend.

People prepare to break their fast on the first day of Ramzan as police officers stand guard near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Source: Reuters)

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.

Hundreds of people sit, awaiting for Iftar, the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, during Ramzan in Istanbul, Turkey. (Source: AP)

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'.

People prepare to break their fast on the first day Ramzan in front of police officers standing guard near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Source: Reuters)

An Iraqi displaced woman who fled with her family from Mosul, prays, after receiving a copy of the Quran and prayer carpet, from a Kurdish local charity organisation at a camp for displaced. (Source: AP)

The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam. (Source: AP)

An Iraqi displaced man calls for prayer. (Source: AP)