Local officials joined Pattaya-area Muslims in kicking off the fast for the Ramadan holiday.
Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana and Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit were joined by local and Chonburi officials, former MPs and cultural association members at the June 18 event at Darul Ibada Mosque. They were welcomed there by Imam Korteb Bilan.
The fasting month of Ramadan is the high point of the Muslim calendar and lasts up to 30 days during June and July.
The fasting is performed to practice patience, steady mind, and express unflinching determination. The practice starts in early morning until sunset.
Outside the fasting period, Muslims can eat, drink, and perform normal routines. Fasting includes not only eating and drinking, but also avoiding various vices.
Local officials donate rice and necessities to Darul Ibada Mosque to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan.