Srinagar: The holy month of Ramzan started on Thursday as Muslims thronged mosques for morning prayers after beginning their day-long fast. Ramzan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, represents the 30-day period of fasting during which, those who engage in prayer and penance are pardoned by Allah.

In summer capital Srinagar, all the eateries including hotels, restaurants, tea-stalls and dhabas remained closed since morning. Markets and streets witnessed less movement of traffic. Locals engaged in buying fruits, juices, foodstuffs on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the fasting period would be around 16 hours. The 'Sehrai' (the time when devotees take food before the fast begins) ended at 3:46 am on Thursday and the fast will end at 7:48 pm. The Muslim calendar advances by 10 days every year in comparison to the Christian calendar which remains unchanged.


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