Ramadan in Egypt
The view of Egypt during Ramadan is very different. The whole Egypt will be seen from an extraordinary point. Depending on the lunar year, Ramadan falls on the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar. That’s why Ramadan differs from year to year. The Ramadan is the honor of the time when the almighty started showing passages of the holy Koran, which is the holy Book of Muslims to Prophet Mohammed. During this time in Egypt, beautiful ornamentation, prayers, and celebrations are held. A discipline of self-control, tolerance, mercy, blessing and prayers are all features of Ramadan.
“Ramadan Karim” which means Generous or Blessing is Ramadan is the habitual greeting in Egypt. Normally, the Muslims fast; stay away from eating, drinking, smoking and other pleasurable activities from morning till night daily. They get up before it’s bright to have a light meal before the fasting begins which is called “SoHor,” and when the fast is over during sunset they break their fast with what is called “Iftar.” This SoHor and Iftar are the major meals for Muslims through the Ramadan period. It’s very usual for large tables to be set on the streets filled with Egyptian local meals which are supported by contributions of merchants and wealthy people. Furthermore, the Ramadan nights are known for the local music shows and entertaining activities, after the prayer of Quiam is held in the mosque.
Finally, do not forget also that in Ramadan most of the museums, historical sites and temples have especially timetable and close almost one hour earlier than the normal time. Also many restaurants may refrain from selling all alcoholic drinks during the holy month of Ramadan.