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Photoblog: First Ramadan taraweeh prayers around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 May, 2018

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See in pictures: Worshippers from different countries perform their first taraweeh prayers on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan this year.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan started on Thursday and at least one billion Muslims across the world began fasting. 

Their daylight hours will be spent without any food, water, smoking and sex. Last year, fasting hours around the world ranged between 9 and 21 hours. This year, fasting hours will range between 9 and 19 hours – with fasting more difficult for those living in countries in the far north, where the sun can remain in the sky almost all day.

Acts of worship that increase in Ramadan include reading the Quran and night prayers called taraweeh.

Muslims around the world make their way to mosques after their iftar and spend the evening in prayer together in large groups.

On Wednesday night, masses of worshippers performed their first taraweeh prayers globally to mark the first night of the holy month.

See some of them in pictures here: 

Muslims read the Quran during taraweeh prayers at the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As in Cairo, Egypt [Getty]
Palestinians perform their taraweeh prayers outside tents of the protest camp near the Israeli border east of Gaza City [Getty] 
Muslims perform the first taraweeh prayers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of New York, New York [Getty]
Prayers take place at the Lalla Sokaina Mosque in Rabat, Morocco [Getty]
A young boy prays at the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As in Cairo, Egypt [Getty]
Taraweeh prayers on the first day of Ramadan at the Grand Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [Getty]
Women pray at the Baitul Makmur Mosque in Cibitung, Bekasi Regency, West Java [Getty]
Prayers on the eve of Ramadan in Zagreb, Croatia [Getty]
Muslims perform taraweeh prayers at the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul [Getty] 
Muslims perform the first taraweeh prayers on the eve of Ramadan at Mustafa Pasa Mosque in Skopje, Macedonia [Getty]
Pakistani Muslims attend a special taraweeh evening prayer on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi [Getty]
Women pray the first taraweeh evening prayer at the Nizamiye Mosque in Midrand, Johannesburg [Getty]


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