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A Palestinian boy reads the Koran in Al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, on the third day of the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims began Ramadan today, a holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, festivities and abstinence. The start of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month of the Muslim calendar, is traditionally determined by the sighting of a new crescent moon.