Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ramadan Kareem


Today is the first day of the month of fasting, Ramadan, when Muslims all over the world will be going without food, water, and most importantly, coffee, tea, or cigarettes from dawn to dusk. In Egypt, the mood is most like a month long Christmas celebration with families gathering for iftar, the meal that breaks the fast each day. On the first day of Ramadan, traditionally one has iftar with one's mother, causing any number of problems for married couples who must choose one mother in law for the first day and the other for the second. The Ramadan lantern, or fanous, is the symbol of the holiday and they are hung on gates, in windows, even in trees, sometimes rivaling the Christmas deorations abroad.

2 comments:

Randy said...

Wonderful photo. Beautiful lanterns.

Lilo Vollert said...

The fotos, images and descriptions about how muslims celebrate Ramadan are so interesting! I wish I could one day spend a Ramadan month in Cairo!
Thanks to the author!
Lilo V., from Bogota, Colombia