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Nur ar-Ramadan

Ramadan in Burma

The Muslims of Burma welcome the blessed month of Ramadan with esteem, joy and happiness. The sighting of the crescent is a great thing, as all of them go to high places to see the crescent for themselves. In the month of Ramadan, people gather in the mosque to recite the Qur’an in the day and for Tarawih and Tahajud (late night) Prayers in the night. Most people in Burma also do ‘I`tikaf (seclusion in the mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan).

In the nights of Ramadan, the markets and shops are closed because everybody is busy with their worship. In Burma, people sleep immediately after Tarawih Prayer and do not stay awake until Fajr time. After the Fajr Prayer they set forth to their work.

Muslims first break their fast with dates and water. And they break it in a marvelous way such as reading poems of different kinds. Their foods are many. Local foods include lury fera, a special dish of bread, rice and chicken.

Their way of celebrating the `Eid is no different from that of other countries because it is an Islamic occasion. Thus it is celebrated according to the Prophetic tradition. There is no culture or custom that goes against the Islamic practice.