Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

Ramadan is a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. (6/7/16)

YONKERS - Millions of Muslims around the world are now observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Observances began on Monday.

Ramadan is a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Ramadan is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one's inner self.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

AP wires were used in this report

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