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Holy month of Ramadan for Muslims in Egypt

08-11-2010 19:10 BJT

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The holy month of Ramadan for Muslims in Egypt is the most important season in their lives. The main ritual doesn't just include fasting, but also others like the lantern display.

It's the time when all families gather at sunset around the 'Iftar' table to have a homemade delicious meal that breaks the long day fast during this holy month of Ramadan.

The main ritual during Ramadan is fasting. This entails abandoning eating, drinking, or smoking throughout the whole day, from dawn till dusk.

Muslims perform their prayers in mosques and read the holy 'Qura'n' heavily during the holy month seeking forgiveness.

The most distinguished phenomenon in the holy month is the spreading of "mawaid el-rahman", the Arabic name for banquets of mercy where the poor can break their fast.

Sherif El Touni, Cairo, Egypt, said, "Other than the rituals practiced during the month, there are other certain social habits of Egyptian Muslims that are much different than anywhere else."

"...religious practrices" Said Egyptian Muslim.

Ramadan in Egypt is completely attached to the Lantern or Fanoos which is the main iconic symbol of Ramadan for Egyptians.

Whenever these lanterns are on display in streets , the Ramadan season is getting closer .

The old oriental Egyptian lantern is actually hand made in lots of workshops which prepare for the season.

These are traditionally made of tin and colored glass, with a candle inside and all mosques and streets during the whole month are full of colored lights in a festival fashion.

The sales of fruits and sweets soar during the holy month, as Muslims use them to break their daily fast. Basboosa, Konafa and Qatayef are the most popular.

"...Traditions" Egyptian Muslim said.

The holy month of Ramadan will finish on September 9th. On the 10th, Muslims will celebrate the Eid of Feast which marks the end of a month of fasting.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV

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