13 Places In The World Where Ramadan Is A Grand Celebration

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13 Places In The World Where Ramadan Is A Grand Celebration

Ramadan is the holy month of observing fast and doing intense prayers for every Muslim in the world. The occasion falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month long fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset each day. This holy month commences with the new moon sighting and ends on the next new moon day. This is a time for great self-restraint as Muslims are not supposed to drink, gamble, partake in any sexual activity or entertain any improper thoughts of any kind during this period. The morning meal that is to be taken before sunrise is called suhoor and the meal that marks the end of the fast each day, is called iftar.

The most important month for every Muslim around the world is here and each country is gearing up for this holy month in its own way. Here is a look at how Ramadan is celebrated in different countries:  

India

With over 172 million Muslims living in India, the holy month of Ramadan is indeed celebrated here with a lot of gusto. The biggest mosque in the capital city of Delhi, Jama Masjid is a sight to behold during prayers.

 

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Egypt

Cairo, the capital city Of Egypt turns into a truly captivating image on Ramadan with gorgeous lanterns called fanoos swaying at market places, trees, homes and just about everywhere. 


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Indonesia

In Indonesia, Idul Fitri, which is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan is called Lebaran. At this time Muslims visit their loved ones to ask for forgiveness for any wrong doing that they may have accidentally committed in the previous year. 

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Saudi Arabia

The holiest time of the year for Muslims is celebrated very intensely in Saudi Arabia. The month of fasting will continue till the next new moon appears. 


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Malaysia

The way Ramadan is celebrated in Malaysia makes it an appealing experience. The highlight of this holy month is the Ramadan bazaars that can be found at every turn and are beautifully decorated with delicacies. 


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Turkey

Festivities are in full flow in Turkey during Ramadan and the feast is the time for distributing sweets and visiting one’s relatives. 

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Singapore

Ramadan celebrations lit up the metropolitan city of Singapore every year with bazaars spanning out selling clothes, trinkets, food stuff and a lot more. 


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Algeria

Ramadan is a highly auspicious time for the Muslims in Algeria and they hold fast and carry out their customary practices with faith and strictness. 

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Nigeria

The Muslim population in Nigeria celebrates this holy month by fasting and attending sermons. The end of Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr is the day of dressing up, feasting and giving gifts to the young ones. 

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Pakistan

Being an Islamic country, Ramadan is undoubtedly the most important time of the year for the people and it is celebrated with numerous prayers and rituals. It is also a custom to greet each other by saying Ramadan Mubarak, during the first few days of the month.

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Palestine

Despite the tensions that prevail, the holy month of Ramadan is still celebrated and eagerly awaited in this war-torn state. 

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Oman

The beautiful country celebrates Ramadan in its own way, with strict rules that include collective breakfast in the mosque and a social gathering at the place of the eldest in the family.

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Lebanon

The celebrations of Ramadan differ in Lebanon as it is a multi-sectarian society, every group fasts and performs rituals in its own way and yet maintain harmony. 

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We wish you all a happy and prosperous month of Ramadan.

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Opinion
Yes, they do.

Festivals are a time out from the busy schedule called life. When we celebrate a festival we learn many things about that particular festival and the religion in which it is celebrated. They bring people closer and perhaps also fill the cracks found between two religions. Festivals act as a key to equality between all religions. I recently saw on the news that there was a Muslims women’s reciting a religious Hindu song. It’s very rare to see something like this. The mentality of people is gradually changing. It is rightly said that religions don’t decide the way people should behave, it's them who make it happen.

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