Aeshah Owaydhah
JRNM 151
Ramadan, which is observed from April 2 to May 2, is a significant month for Muslims regardless of their country of origin.
Every year Muslims throughout the world observe the holy month of Ramadan in a mix of faith, history, and culture. In the Islamic calendar known as the Hijiri calendar, Ramadan is the ninth month. This month is noteworthy for Muslims since it is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, on Laylat al-Qadr, one of Ramadan’s last 10 nights.
Ramadan is observed in various ways such as refraining from sex, eating and drinking until sunset and recreating historical customs. Despite the presence of minor disparities, many countries throughout the world celebrate Ramadan whilst keeping long-established Ramadan rituals and traditions even with their transmission amongst people over time.
Since there are 1.8 billion Muslims all around the world, each country has its own way of celebrating. Egypt has Ramadan lanterns that while not being a part of religious culture, is still a unique element of celebrating this holy month. Children in Egypt carry lanterns about, singing great folk tunes and asking for goodies from relatives and friends similar to American Halloween or caroling.
In Saudi Arabia, people sit in the Kingdom’s mosques waiting for the Maghrib call to prayer to consume water and dates.
They then run as soon as they finish to line up for the Maghrib prayer and then finish their breakfasts, everyone according to his or her nature and traditions.
Pakistan has a distinct ceremony which is the wedding of a groom who fasts for the first time. A special celebration is given for him in which he wears attire including a golden hat decorating his head.
These are just some of the customs and traditions of many peoples around the world as they celebrate Ramadan and how they vary.