1. Istanbul, Turkey Ozan Kose / Getty Images Thousands of Turkish people break their fasting at the Blue Mosque square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The fast is one of the five main religious obligations under Islam. 2. Surabaya, Indonesia Robertus Pudyanto / Getty Images Indonesians Muslims pray in the first Tarawih as Muslims begin fasting for Ramadan at Al-Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia. 3. Beijing, China Greg Baker / AFP / Getty Images Muslims pray after breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan, the muslim holy month, at a mosque in Beijing. China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open. 4. London, England Rob Stothard / Getty Images Men carry out Wudu, a washing procedure in preparation for prayer, at the East London Mosque before the first Friday prayers of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in London, England. 5. Jerusalem Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty Images Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan. Israel announced it was relaxing restrictions on the movement of Palestinians to and from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Men aged over 40 and women of all ages from the West Bank will be able to pray at the Israeli-controlled holy site, and 800 people from the Gaza Strip will be allowed to attend Friday prayers. 6. Nairobi, Kenya Khalil Senosi / AP Kenyan Muslim men pray on the first Friday of Ramadan, at Jamia mosque in Nairobi, Kenya. 7. Pattani, Thailand Tuwaedaniya Meringing / Getty Images Thai Muslim women pray at the Pattani Central Mosque to mark the holy month of Ramadan in Pattani. 8. Lahore, Pakistan Arif Ali / AFP / Getty Images Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Taraweeh" evening prayer on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Lahore. 9. Hyderabad, India Noah Seelam / AFP / Getty Images Indian Muslim boys offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. 10. Jalalabad, Afghanistan Noorullah Shirzada / AFP / Getty Images Afghan children study the Quran during first day of the month of Ramadan at a mosque in Jalalabad. 11. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty Images A Malaysian Muslim arrives to offer prayers on the first Friday of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur. 12. Dhaka, Bangladesh Munir Uz Zaman / Getty Images Bangladeshi street vendors prepare Iftar food for breaking the daytime fast on the first day of Ramadan, the holy fasting month of Islam, at a traditional bazaar in the old part of Dhaka. 13. Srinagar, Kashmir Tauseef Mustafa / AFP / Getty Images Kashmiri Muslim women are accompanied by a child as they pray during the first day of the month of Ramadan, at the Shah-i-Hamdaan shrine in Srinagar. 14. Manila, Philippines Jay Directo / AFP / Getty Images Filipino Muslims take part in prayers at the Golden Mosque in Manila. 15. Sidon, Lebanon Ali Hashisho / Reuters A vendor carries traditional sweets called 'Qatayef' during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Sidon's Old City in southern Lebanon. 16. Gaza City, Palestine Suhaib Salem / Reuters Blind and visually impaired Palestinian girls read the Braille version of the Qur'an during a Qur'an memorization class at the main center of Dar al-Quran Society, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City. Thousands of Palestinians, among them blind and visually impaired students, are taking lessons which are sponsored by the Muslim organization Dar al-Quran Society. The society teaches people the right recitation of the Muslim holy book and helps them memorize the whole Qur'an, directors in the organization said. 17. Basra, Iraq Nabil Al-jurani / AP Iraqi Muslim men gather, on the roof of Imam Ali Mosque, waiting to see the crescent moon marking the beginning of Ramadan, at sunset in Basra, Iraq. 18. Potočari, Bosnia Amel Emric / AP Bosnian Muslims offer a prayer during late night prayer for upcoming holy month of Ramadan, inside memorial room for Srebrenica massacre victims, at the memorial center Potocari, northeast of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Family members of the Srebrenica victims killed in July, 1995, will mark the first night of Ramadan at the memorial center Potocari, in front of the graves of killed Muslims from this small Bosnian town. 19. Taunggyi, Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters Muslims pray on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Taunggyi capital city of Shan State, Myanmar. 20. Singapore Edgar Su / Reuters Bangladeshi workers prepare to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a makeshift mosque near their dormitory in Singapore. 21. Gaza City, Palestine Facebook: ShehabAgency.MainPage A family shares in a pre-dawn Suhoor meal in Gaza City. 22. Tunis, Tunisia Zoubeir Souissi / Reuters A vendor displays his dates on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in a market downtown in Tunis, Tunisia. 23. Ventimiglia, Italy Patrick Aventurier / Getty Images Migrants pray for the start of Ramadan as they gather at the French border hoping to enter the country in Ventimiglia, Italy. A group of around 200 migrants, mostly from Libya, Sudan and Eritrea, were left stranded at the border after French police refused them entry to the country. 24. Islamabad, Pakistan Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Taraweeh" evening prayer on the first day of Ramadan at the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. 25. Kathmandu, Nepal Prakash Mathema / Getty Images Nepalese Muslims offer the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at The Kashmiri Mosque in Kathmandu. 26. Cairo, Egypt Asmaa Waguih / Reuters People read the Qur'an at a mosque during the first day of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt.