[PHOTOS] Ramadan 2013 Celebrations Around the World

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, began last week.

For muslims around the world, its a time abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.

Check out the photos from our friends at Capture the Spirit of Ramadan, an international photography contest, showing how Muslims are bringing in this year's Ramadan festivities.



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A makeshift date shop next to an open road.

Photographer: Rahat Khan. Dhaka, Bangladesh
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A street vendor prepares 'dry Seviyan', or milky noodle soup.

Photographer: Kailash Mittal Indore, India.
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'Dance until you shatter yourself.' Every year at the beginning of Ramadan, Mr. Altony and his whirling dervish enchant the public of Alexandria.

Photographer: Corinne Grassi. Jesuit Cultural Center - Alexandria, Egypt.
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A group of devotees washes their hands and feet, before the ritual prayer at the Nepali Jame Masjit in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Photographer: Narayan Maharjan. Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Elderly couples walking together after prayer.

Photographer: Basheer Kaderi. Saudi Arabia.
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Children waiting for the evening prayer.

Photographer: Talbi Fatima. Bouzareah, Algeria.
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Shopping for the right prayer caps.

Photographer: Kailash Mittal. Indore, India.