Ramadan begins for Muslims

HOLY: Members of the Bendigo Islamic community pray. Picture: PETER WEAVING

HOLY: Members of the Bendigo Islamic community pray. Picture: PETER WEAVING

BENDIGO'S Islamic community has started celebrating its holiest month of the year - Ramadan. 

About 300 local people will abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex - from dawn until sunset - over the next four weeks.

Bendigo Islamic community spokesman Heri Febriyamto said Ramadan was a time of spiritual reflection and an opportunity to cleanse the soul.

He said it was also a chance to consider the poor and bond with Muslims on a global level.

Mr Febriyamto said young children, pregnant women, elderly people and the sick were exempt from participating in the holy celebration.

He said Ramadan ended with a special celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr - which involves a feast with family and friends.

"We do praying during the morning and then celebrate during the evening," he said.

"It marks the end of Ramadan and fasting."

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