by Justin Salhani
This article first appeared in The Atlantic Post
BEIRUT, Lebanon – The holy month of Ramadan is an important holiday
for the world’s Muslims, including those living here in Beirut.
Lebanon’s capital, however, observes the month in a more muted fashion
than other Arab and Muslim capitals.
“Nothing really changes in Beirut during Ramadan. In other countries
I’ve been to, like Egypt, Ramadan is more festive, and Cairo is full of
Ramadan decorations,” said Nada Zanhour, 28, an assistant director at a
Beirut art gallery.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is both joyous
and somber for the world’s followers of Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims
are asked to fast, meaning they abstain from food, liquids and sexual
activity each day. At night, Muslims break their fast at iftar as the
sun goes down.
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