Ramadan is the holy month, a period of spiritual renewal when Muslims all over the world subjugate themselves to the feast and pray. This word has as a root the Arab words “ ramida” and “ar-ramad” that mean dryness or intense days. This is the month when the Quran was unveiled making the Muslims feel closer to God.
The believers feast from the rise of the sun to the dawn. This feast means abstinence from food, drink, sex, bad thoughts or bad words. Under no circumstance during this month the Muslims are not allowed to lie or to offend anyone. The feat and the praying day ends at sunset, with a traditional meal known as Iftar. The travelers, the pregnant women and the sick people are not obliged to keep this feast.
In Africa more than half of the people living there are Muslims and their religion is Islam. If you happen to be travelling to one of the cities from Africa during the Ramadan period, you should know some things such as you should respect their holiday, be tolerant and understanding; the life in these countries change meaningful during this period, having some pros and cons; generally speaking the Muslims are tolerant with the tourists and with what they eat and drink, but it would be nice if the consumption would be kept to a low average; dressing conservatory is always a good choice when visiting some of these cities; the shops and the bazaars are closed during day time, but they open after 5PM and stay opened till late in the night; some of the restaurants may be closed, but there are some food shops where you can buy the needing things to eat; the shops that sell alcohol are closed completely during the entire month etc.
Apart from all the above, you will lose the opportunity of seeing the locals drink their daily tea. For Muslims each night of Ramadan is a night of parties; as the families’ party together, on the streets or in the house. This year the Ramadan will be during 28th June and 27th July. The Eid al- Fitr Festival marks the end of the holy month and lasts between 3 and 6 days.