This month, Muslims around the world are celebrating their holy month of Ramadan. Many Muslims mark the month with a daily fast from sunrise to sunset.
The start date for Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar, so the dates of the fast move around each year. This year, Ramadan falls in the middle of the summer, resulting in 14-16 hours of fasting for many area Muslims.
Even though the religious obligation to fast is the main focus of Ramadan, eating is a big part of the experience as well. Many Muslims will break their fast at sunset with a meal or “iftar.”
WBUR's Kimberly Adams visited the Yusuf Mosque in Brighton, to see how members of Boston's Muslim community are marking the start of the holy month.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends on August 31st.
This segment aired on August 2, 2011.