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Wed July 10, 2013

Ramadan starts today for Muslims in North America

A crecent moon over palm trees at sunset in Manama, Bahrain in 2006. It marked the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan for that year.
user Ahmed Rabea Flickr

I was traveling in Indonesia when I first experienced Ramadan. I was wondering why so many people at the McDonald's in Surabaya were sitting at the table, wrappers open, waiting to eat their Big Macs.

It was the holy month of Ramadan, and they were waiting until just after sunset - for the iftar - the meal that breaks the day-long fast.

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