The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims around the globe refrain from eating and drinking during the day, begins July 20.
July 19, 2012 A man looks into a mirror as he tries on a Muslim cap in a market Jakarta, Indonesia, in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that the Koran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by the Archangel Jibraeel to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Enny Nuraheni/Reuters Buy Photo