Every year, Muslims around the world fast in the month of Ramadan. Along with abstaining from food and water from dawn to sunset, the month includes nightly prayers, reading of the Qur’an, the distribution of charity for the needy, and time spent with family, friends and community. The month starts and ends with the sighting of the new moon. This year, Ramadan started on August 22nd this year. It will end on September 20th or 21st (depending on the sighting of the new moon), with Eid ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast Breaking.