June 26, 2017

Ramazan, the ninth and the most sacred month of the Islamic year, draws to a close today. A time of spiritual reflection, the month is marked by rigorous fasting from dawn to dusk and strict adherence to the religious and moral codes - abstinence from sinful speech, charity and prayer.  The month is also known for feasting -  iftar is the evening meal that breaks the fast; it usually includes fried snacks, traditional desserts, and other delicacies to tuck into. Eid-al-Fitr, a day of thanksgiving and forgiveness, marks the end of the month. The devout dress in their best and bow their heads in obeisance to God. After thanking the Almighty, they turn to each other and with warm hugs, wish “Eid Mubarak.” (Make your own Ramadan delicacies with DIY Ramadan Recipes)   Images: Kashif Masood