Festivities celebrating Ramadan, which is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, began Friday with a gathering at the Islamic Center of Irvine, CA, the Orange County Register reports.
The month, which officially began Saturday and ends July 28 at sundown, features fasting from dawn until dusk.
The fasting for the daylight hours means religious Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex. After the day is over, the fast is broken with a meal called the iftar meal, started with eating a date or a similar sweet piece of food.
Muslims belive that the prophet Mohammed received his first revelation, later codified in the Koran, in the month of Ramadan.