Friday, July 20, 2012

First day of Ramadan

So today was the first day of Ramadan here in the UAE. It is hard to believe this is our 5th Ramadan in Abu Dhabi! You can find all my previous posts about Ramadan here.

To recap though, it means no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum even, in daylight hours. For fasting Muslims this is a particularly tough Ramadan as in the summer the sun rises early (about 4.15 here) and sets at around 7.15pm, although Muslims in the UK (and elsewhere) have even longer days to contend with. Fortunately we are not expected to fast, and there are always a few places you can go to eat and drink during the day. They are usually curtained off from view out of respect for those fasting.

Look out for more Ramadan postings during the next month.

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