April 13, 2021 – 07:51
The New Moon began to appear in Saudi Arabia, officially marking the start of the holy month of Ramadan at sunset.
Pilgrims usually fill the holy places of Mecca, but in pandemic conditions only those persons who have been immunized against COVID-19 have been admitted.
Compared to last year, Muslims in Indonesia started the month of Ramadan with lighter anti-COVID measures.
Nearly 2 billion Muslims around the world will observe Ramadan when believers will be without food or drink from dawn to dusk for a month.
People usually break the fast between family members and friends at home or in restaurants, with a meal known as iftar.
Precautions against coronavirus means that large public gatherings where Ramadan is celebrated will again be restricted or banned.
For millions of believers around the world, breaking the fast is a common event, which this year will be limited to the closest family relationships.
Believers are advised to take the necessary precautions, especially given that the markets will be crowded with citizens buying ingredients for the end of the fast daily meal./euronews