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Ramadan – April 2-May 2

April 2 May 2 UTC+3

The holy month of Ramadan begins on April 2 this year and will go on until May 2. This 30-day sunrise-to-sunset fast takes place on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and thus alters each year. While Ramadan itself is not an official holiday, it is important for foreigners to be aware that many people will be practicing the monthlong fast and thus may not be on their A-game. Be kind and understanding and try not to gulp down a refreshing bottle of water as all food, beverages and even cigarettes are refrained from during daylight hours. You may hear a cannon set off at sunset to signal the start of the fast-ending meal referred to as “iftar,” so don’t be alarmed. The same goes for drummers wandering the streets at dusk to wake those for “sahur,” the final meal before the day starts.

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