EGYPT – Ramadan is a magical month that is accompanied with many customs. Courtesy of the Egypt Tourism Authority, here’s a glimpse into what Ramadan is like in Cairo and what makes it special:
Ramadan does not begin until the date is confirmed once the moon is sighted. Once it begins, it is closely followed by the Taraweeh prayer calls in all mosques and the first suhoor, which refers to the mealMuslims consume early in the morning before fasting begins.
During Ramadan in Egypt, TV gets incredibly hysterical with more than 30 television series and you can even find TV channels specially launched for Ramadan TV series.
Ramadan is one of the highest food shopping seasons in Egypt with many families going out to do their Ramadan shopping. It is important to note that Egyptians tend to avoid seafood during Ramadan and eat it in Eid Al Fitr.
Zakat, which is another aspect of Ramadan in Egypt is very much respected and practiced, and there’s a well-known custom called “Ma’edat Al Rahman”. There’s no English translation for the words, but they are close to “The Merciful’s Table” where someone gets a tent with tables and chairs and starts distributing food and drinks for those who can’t afford their iftar.
So if you’re visiting Cairo this Ramadan, make sure to observe these beautiful traditions and try to immerse yourself in these experiences to enjoy it the real Egyptian style!
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