In pictures: Ramadan 2017 around the world

From New York to New Delhi, Vision presents a selection of unique global traditions, marking the beginning of Ramadan last week

The holy month of Ramadan brings together Muslims from around the world for an annual period of fasting - or sawm, an observance regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Despite the universality of this practice, where able-bodied Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking, among other things, traditions do vary from country to country. Above is a selection of worldwide traditions from Ramadan 2017.