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Muslim men break the Ramadan fast at Boeung Kak’s al-Serkal Mosque on Monday.
Muslim men break the Ramadan fast at Boeung Kak’s al-Serkal Mosque on Monday. Athena Zelandonii

Muslims gather to break first fast

The first day of Ramadan – Islam’s holy month of fasting and reflection – was on Monday this week, and was followed by the first iftar – the evening meal that breaks the daily fast lasting from sunrise to sunset.

At Boeung Kak’s al-Serkal Mosque, about 200 Muslim men sat down at 6:23pm to first eat a single date and then a bowl of curry and rice, washed down with a can of Coca Cola, before heading inside to pray.

All Muslims apart from those younger than 15, pregnant woman, those who have just given birth, the sick or long-distance travellers are expected to fast during ramadan.

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