Sesame Street praised for Ramadan photo with Elmo, Grover

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"Ramadan Mubarak to all of our friends!" Sesame Street posted with this image

Sesame Street posted Ramadan wishes with a photo of with Grover, Elmo and other friends to the delight of tens of thousands of social media followers. The image below has been liked and shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook and liked and retweeted more than 5,000 times on Twitter:

"Ramadan Mubarak to all of our friends!" Sesame Street posted with this image

“Ramadan Mubarak to all of our friends!” Sesame Street posted with this image

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“I may not be Muslim, but I give Sesame Street mad respect for the equality,” posted E. Scott Hamlyn, one of hundreds of comments left on the venerable children’s show’s official Facebook page. “Nice message for the children of the world!”

“This is why at 39, and no children of my own, I still love Sesame Street,” Sara Elaine Clauss posted.

Millions of Muslims around the world began the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Monday, a time marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

“Saudi Arabia’s state TV announced the new moon of Ramadan was spotted Sunday evening,” the Associated Press reported. “Local media in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, also said Muslims there would begin fasting Monday, as will Muslims in Singapore, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, among others.”

Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. By Sunday evening, Pakistan and Iran had yet to officially announce Monday as the first day of Ramadan, the AP report noted. Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins.

The faithful spend the month of Ramadan in mosques for evening prayers known as “taraweeh,” while free time during the day is often spent reading the Quran and listening to religious lectures.

Here are some tweeted responses to Sesame Street’s post:

Not everyone applauded, though:

But most responses were positive:

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