Ramadan (Holidays and Celebrations) by Amy Hackney Blackwell

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Moroccans, for example, celebrate Eid al-Fitr for three days. If the holiday falls in the middle of a week, businesses and schools may take the entire week off. Unique Customs and Traditions Coming of Age in Algeria In the weeks leading up to Ramadan, Algerian women devote themselves to cleaning and refurbishing their houses to get them ready for guests. They may buy new pots and pans, paint the walls, and wash the carpets. They also help clean the mosques. Many women in Algeria also start buying food supplies for the month weeks ahead of time.

Popular foods include Indian-style curries, samosas, and a soup called haleem. Africa 33; A boy shops for new clothes at a market in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on the first day of Ramadan. All major South African cities have Islamic radio stations. During Ramadan, South Africa’s mosques are crowded with worshippers who come in the evenings to say tarawih prayers; women may stay home to perform tarawih on their own. Muslims often give up movies and other entertainment in favor of reciting the Quran during Ramadan.

5 million of them are members of the Uighur (“wee-gur”) group in Xinjiang, a region in northwestern China. The Chinese government does not allow these Muslims to take breaks from their regular school or work routine to observe Ramadan. Schoolchildren and state employees are sometimes required to eat lunch during fasting days. They are not always given time to go to mosques to pray during the day and in some areas people are not allowed to stay in the mosques at night. Muslims in other parts of China often do not keep up Muslim practices such as fasting.

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