[PHOTOS] Istanbul welcomes holy Ramadan

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Women take a selfie as people break their fast next to riot police, armed with water cannons, on May 27, 2017 near Taksim Square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims on May 27 began Ramadan, the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. It is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month. YASIN AKGUL / AFP

Turkish soldiers fire a military cannon to mark the end of the day’s fasting period on May 27, 2017 at the Blue Mosque Square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
People break their fast on May 27, 2017 at the Blue Mosque Square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
A man wearing Ottoman-style clothes reacts as people break their fast on May 27, 2017 at the Blue Mosque Square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
Women look at their phones as people break their fast on May 27, 2017 at the Blue Mosque Square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

 

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