Photo: Anthony Moretti, 8Jan2017

Islam’s holy month, Ramadan, began this year while the world continues to battle a pandemic. Photos in the New York Times of the first day of Ramadan from around the world are stunning.

For the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is a social and spiritual high point, a time to gather with friends and family, and to focus on fasting, prayer and scripture.

But the coronavirus pandemic is transforming this Ramadan across the world, clearing out mosques, canceling communal prayers and forcing families to replace physical gatherings with virtual meet-ups.