Hundreds of millions of Muslims in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand this weekend embarked on a month of fasting as they observe Ramadan, one of the main traditions of Islam.
During the daylight hours stretched out over a 30-day span, they will refrain from eating and drinking. Many Muslims across South and Southeast Asia marked the first day of the fast on Saturday following Tarawih prayers held on Friday night.
Ramadan is tied to the lunar calendar and marks the ninth month in the Islamic year. The month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.