What Happen During Ramadan?
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Ramadan has started. Ramadan is the ninth month of Muslim year, and during this days strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. During this period, nobody is allowed to be seen eating or drinking in public places. It is a way of respecting the Muslim religion and in a way respecting the Muslim whose exercising their faith in the month of Ramadan.
To those who will experience Ramadan in Saudi Arabia for the first time, this post might help you understand and guide you on what you need to do during Ramadan season.
Here are some things that we could observed during Ramadan Season.
- You will hear lots of people greeting each other “Ramadan Kareem!” which means (“Noble (or Generous) Ramadan!”)
- All Non-Muslims are required to respect the Holy month of Ramadan and therefore nobody should be seen eating, smoking, and drinking in Public.
- There will be a change of working hours. We normally start at 9:00 AM and end our working time at 5:00 PM.
- If there is a change of working time, schools have different time also during this month.
- Supermarket and Mall which normally closed at 12:00 AM will be seen closing at 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM which depends on their management. But normally stores are closed in the afternoon.
- During the last prayer time in the afternoon, you will normally see restaurants open.
- There are times you will be required by your boss to work after 7:00 PM.
- There is a long weekend after the Ramadan. It is called “Eid ul-Fitr”, it marks the end of Ramadan. So if you’re planning to go out of town better plan early.
- Sometimes you can see people giving food in the streets before “iftar” (the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset).
- There are some stores who will give Ramadan gifts, which shows their generosity during this month.
Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink and other physical needs during daylight hours. It is also the month where Muslim are advised to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.
I am looking forward to attending some of the Ramadan Tents this year, with all the lovely food on offer from starters, main and desserts. I will be carrying my toothbrush and as I have sensitive teeth and love cold deserts I’ll be stocking up on Sensodyne.
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Ramadan started on June 18, 2015 and will finish on or around July 16, 2015. It will depend on the moon. For additional information you can visit about.com