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In photos: Muslims in Bishkek mark Ramadan with prayer, iftar

By Maksat Osmonaliyev

Young Muslims discuss hadiths during the daily fast on May 28. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

A Kyrgyz girl donates to two disabled individuals outside a mosque June 2. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

A mother (left) buys dates for her son to eat during evening prayer. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

Muslims await a call to evening prayer. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

A cook prepares plov (pilaf) for iftar May 28. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

A Muslim woman sets the 'dastorkhan' (tablecloth) for iftar June 2. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

Muslims enjoy iftar together. In the spirit of charity, some Muslims pay for the cost of a group iftar. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

Muslims perform the tarawih prayer June 2. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

Muslims depart the mosque after tarawih prayer June 2. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

BISHKEK -- This year, the holy month of Ramadan began in Kyrgyzstan May 26 and continues until June 25.

Muslims in Kyrgyzstan have been celebrating Ramadan this year by attending communal prayers in mosques, reading the Koran, breaking the daily fast with others and offering food to those in need.

The following photos were taken in Bishkek May 28-June 2.

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Niyaz in Bkshkek reads the Koran during the daily fast June 2. [Maksat Osmonaliyev]

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