Arabic Culture: Ramadan

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Lantern of Ramadan (Fanous)


The holy month of Ramadan is an important month for Arabs and Muslims all over the world. It’s a month that is always anticipated by Muslims. It’s a month where we learn how tough it is for the poor to be living in constant hunger. It’s a month where we give to the poor and help them. It’s a month of forgiveness where everyone tries to forgive each other.

The month of Ramadan is part of the Islamic calendar and begins with first sighting of the crescent of the new moon. Ramadan is one of the most anticipated and loved months of the year, before it begins beautiful and colorful lanterns are hanged in the streets, shops and houses. You will find those beautiful lanterns almost everywhere you go.

During the month of Ramadan Muslims usually fast from sunrise to sunset. During that time Muslims don’t eat or drink anything at all. But it’s not only about eating or drinking Muslims are also required not to curse and badmouth others. Muslims are also obligated to give money and help out the poor (Zaqah). In Muslim countries working communities change their working hours and times in order to accommodate the month and to let workers finish early.

The holy month of Ramadan is usually a time to start taking good habits and stop bad habits. It’s also a time to reflect on what you did all year. After the holy month of Ramadan comes a 3 day festival called Eid al-Fitr to celebrate the end of the fast. It is celebrate by wearing one’s best clothes, giving gifts and spending time with your family.


Written by: Osama Waheib

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