Ramadan Kareem – UAE

Ramadan Kareem. Have a blessed Islamic holy month. Just like people put up Christmas lights everywhere to celebrate the Christmas Season in the USA, people also put up twinkling lights to wish each other a blessed and happy holy month of fasting and feasting in the UAE. These lights are usually in the shape of various phases on the moon, particularly the crescent. You will also find them wrapped around palm trees instead of around evergreens. The main tradition of Ramadan is fasting from all food and drink, including water, from sunrise to sunset. Followed by sunset and pre-sunrise feasts to celebrate with family and friends as well as to consume enough food to last for the next day of fasting. Also like you find in the USA not everyone is not celebrates the holiday, such as expats or any workers from other countries who may also hold other religious beliefs and Muslims who can not fast for medical reasons. However out of respect for those who are fasting, no one is permitted to eat in public. Hotels and international restaurants with blocked windows are still permitted to serve food to guests and residents who cannot be seen while they are eating. . . at least until sunset.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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About luelaine15

Hi, I’m Elaine. I am an undergraduate student at Lehigh University. I am studying Civil Engineering and Architecture through Lehigh’s Arts-Engineering program. This is a five year program through which I will graduate with two bachelors degrees. In addition to being a dual major here at Lehigh I have been a student-athlete in our NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team. I am involved in the Reformed University Fellowship. I am also a member of Lehigh’s chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi. In semesters where my schedule has permitted, I have also been an Engineering Tour Guide for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering. View all posts by luelaine15

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