Ramadan





Ramadan is a Muslim holiday that begins here on August 11th. Its a holiday that falls in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. At dusk they break the fast with lavish feasts and celebrations. The fasting is intended to teach its followers patience, modesty & spirituality.
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Since the holiday is based on the lunar calendar, it shifts by 10 days or so every year. It is said that during this time the first parts of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
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Jason and I haven't experienced the holiday yet, but have heard lots of stories from friends that have. Even if you do not observe the holiday, like us, you aren't allowed to eat or drink in public out of respect for those who are fasting. This includes water, gum, etc. You can be arrested if your seen eating or drinking. Luckily the work hours are shortened and a room is supposed to be set up where we can go hide and eat secretely without disturbing those who are fasting.
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We've been told the traffic gets much worse, that people are grouchy and irritable, the restaurants are packed in the evenings as everyone breaks the fast, and the grocery stores, which have limited hours during the holiday, are packed with people buying food for the evenings feast.
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For more about the holiday visit the wikipedia website here. Above are some pictures from the weekend. Wish us luck as Ramadan nears. It should be interesting....
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HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!

1 comment:

  1. Anastasia7/31/2010

    wow, goodness knows i'd never survive that one! i've heard of the fasting before but never knew the extend or the reason behind it- thanks for sharing! good luck =)

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