In Egypt, the month of Ramadan is celebrated in a spiritual atmosphere marked by joy and happiness. Throughout the days of the holy month, the image of the villages and cities becomes completely different than the ordinary days. In this occasion, Egyptians are wearing traditional clothes, the houses and shops are decorated with lanterns, and the streets are colored with strips and light bulbs.
With regard to the spiritual side, people compete in good deeds. Mosques become more and more crowded with worshippers from different ages especially at "Taraweeh" prayer. In addition to this, family soirees and religious gatherings take place in different locations such as public parks and squares.
In the Egyptian countryside, Ramadan has a typical flavor especially at night when children accompany the "Mesaharati" carrying lamps and torches and chanting religious folk songs to awaken the sleepers for the morning meal "Assuhur".
Concerning food customs, the Egyptian Iftar consists of traditional dishes and meals, most notably the "Khushaf" dish which comprises a mixture of dates, figs and fruits, and other dishes such as "Mulukhya" with rabbits, "potatoes salver" with chicken, and the soup of "Lessan Alusfur".
Regarding moon sighting and the announcement of the first day of Ramadan, this mission is taken in charge by the Egyptian Dar Al Iftaa. Accordingly, Assabile website will announce the beginning of Ramadan in Egypt once the official authorities confirm it. Until then, the first day of Ramadan for the year 1442/2021 is expected to be on the 13 April 2021 (more or less one day).
Ramadan Kareem and may Allah bless you all.
Written by: Amine Hilal