Mecca's Giant Clock Starts Ticking On Ramadan

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Islam's holy month of Ramadan is a lot about the calendar and the clock. The world's biggest clock began ticking in Mecca this week, to signal the beginning of Ramadan. It took 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic to cover its tower. Green and white lights flash five times daily as a reminder to pray.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Islam's holy month of Ramadan is a lot about the calendar and the clock. This year, the world's biggest clock began ticking in Mecca to signal the beginning of Ramadan. It took 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic to cover the clock's tower. Green and white lights flash five times daily as a reminder to pray. For those far from Mecca, there are cell phone apps, like iPray, which beeps at prayer times.

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