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Ramadan begins across the country

Men attend an evening mass prayer session called "tarawih" to mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, JUne 6, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

New Delhi: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun across the country from today.

The Ruyat-e-Hilal (moon sighting) committee announced the sighting of moon last evening.

The worshipers thronged mosques last night to offer special night prayer called Traweeh, which will continue throughout the month.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. In Kerala, today is second day of holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan began across Gulf countries yesterday.

The believers observe fast and join mass prayers held at mosques across the state during the period. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam (ANI)