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Holy month of Ramadan begins for Muslims in New Zealand

The holiest month on the Muslim calendar is getting underway around the world tonight

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The month traditionally begins with the first sighting of the moon, which happened last night. Source: 1 NEWS

The focus here in New Zealand has been on security around mosques, with police standing guard at many.

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In just over a week, thousands of Muslims nationwide will head to their local mosque to pray. Source: 1 NEWS

Ramadan traditionally begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

This year, it began on Monday, May 6 and will end on Wednesday, June 5.