Signs of Ramadan

Ramadan is a religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar year (this year, it begins September 13 and ends October 12). The holy month commemorates the period when the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

During Ramadan, Moslems around the world are obligated to pray, perform charitible acts, focus less on material concerns and spend more time in spiritual contemplation. From sunup to sundown, they must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and intimate relations.

Throughout the month, breakfast is eaten before dawn and large meals, often featuring special foods, are consumed at night. At the end of Ramadan, Moslems celebrate Eid ul Fitr, a joyous holiday that marks the breaking of the fast.

In non-Moslem countries, the observance of Ramadan usually occurs in a low-key, unobtrusive manner. But, in New York City, if you know where to look, you will see the signs of the faithful.

Under scaffolding near Broadway, men face Mecca to pray

Sign honoring Ramadan at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Ramadan Awareness Campaign 2007
Islamicity: Ramadan Around the World
Ramadan on the Net

7 Responses to Signs of Ramadan

  1. Trotter says:

    Amazing picture that one on Bradway. Close to Tower records? Remember that there were always scaffolding there anytime I visited NYC.
    Just left Bali and posted on Singapore at Blogtrotter.
    Enjoy and have a great weekend!


  2. photowannabe says:

    Nice capture of life in NYC. I agree with trotter that there is always scaffolding someplace in the City.


  3. I’m surprised they’re praying outdoors. I always thought it was a very private affair.


  4. moi says:

    we had great food yesterday at a Lebanese restaurant last evening after the sunset… was like a feast…..i will go there again before Ramadan ends………

    thanks for showing multi-faceted NYC to us 🙂


  5. That is a fascinating picture!! The first thing I saw was the lonely woman witnessing the prayer of her fellow muslim brothers…


  6. kalyan says:

    Some very lovely shots & nice reading about your description about this holy festival!


  7. Hi Yes I know the Ramadan tradition, here in Holland, they talk a lot about this tradition, also on schools there are regulated (for the childrens sake) shedules,

    My friend married an african man, so he’s also taking part of the Ramadan, she’s not, it not hr rekigion but she respects his. We have in Holland so many cultures living, in Amsterdam there seemed to be the most mixed cultures ,even more than NewYork, I just hearded that on the news..

    This weekend I publiced something about windmills,
    have a good weekend” JoAnn from Holland


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