Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

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Muslims in the Netherlands greeted the holy month of Ramadan devotedly.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar concurred with the summer holidays, a perfect opportunity for some Muslim families to commemorate Ramadan in their home countries.Those who stayed in the Netherlands welcomed the holy month by attending communal and cultural activities.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world observe fasting. This yearly celebration is considered as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Almost one million Muslims practice the holy month; they fast for 18 hours daily and offer tarawih prayers shortly before midnight.

Mosques in the country have prepared Iftar programs. Large Iftar tents are being set up in active locations to receive Muslims and Dutch visitors in major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Federation of Turkish-Islamic Culture (TIKDF) President Arif Yakisir said 143 mosques associated to the federation intended to arrange daily Iftar programs.

The Ramadan celebration began on Tuesday.