Ramadan began Sunday night, marking the start of the holiest month of the year for the Muslim faith.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast until sundown, and gather with family and friends to break the fast. The Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts in West Springfield held a celebration Monday night for its members.
The month is spent with a renewed focus on religion and is also marked by prayer and readings from the Quran.
“In the social aspect, people come closer, because they eat together more, they feel this unity. It is a month of unity, gathering, sharing, charity,” said Imam Wissam Abdul Baki, Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts
Ramadan will end on June 4.