Iftar celebration, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Islamic Relief USA, on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, in the USDA Whitten Building, in Washington, D.C. Ramadan is the month of fasting, intensive prayer, sacrifice and worship for Muslims around the world. Throughout this month, Muslims fast during the day, abstaining from consuming food from dawn to dusk and using this time to purify spiritually. Fasting reminds Muslims of the poverty and hunger suffered by many in the United States and worldwide. It is a connection with those who are hungry not through devotion, but through the many global factors that lead to hunger and famine. Iftar is the meal at which Muslims break their fast at sunset, usually by eating dates, according to the Prophetic tradition. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.