Monday, September 01, 2008

Ramadan Kareem

It's Ramadan here in Egypt. Since it's only the first day of Ramadan and since it's my first Ramadan, I'm not really sure what it entails. All I know is that there are pretty lanterns everywhere, Andrew's school schedule will be all messed up for the first few weeks of classes, we're not suppose to eat/drink in public during the day, and shopping the night before Ramadan is a little crazy.

I'm sure we'll learn a lot more as Ramadan continues.

Last night after putting Rachel to bed we went outside to take a picture of our apartment building's Ramadan lamp. We had our tripod, our camera, and our baby monitor. Everyone walking by looked at us like we were crazy. I'm not sure if it was because we stood there taking picture after picture of a lamp, or if it was because I was holding a baby monitor blaring Italian Primary songs...

Just our own little way of bringing in the Ramadan season. Happy Ramadan!


  1. Ick. August/September is a terrible time for Ramadan... fasting all day for 30 days (from water, too, I might add) really sucks in that kind of heat. Do the drums come around at sundown to let everyone know it's OK to eat again?

  2. Hoo boy, I wish you luck. I HATED Ramadan in Syria. Most of what I didn't like was connected to our specific apartment building (long, long story, don't know if I have the emotional fortitude to write about it), but also, everyone is just kind of crabby.

    I know there is a beautiful side to Ramadan, and I did get a glimpse, but ugh. Sorry to have such a bad attitude. Again, I wish you the best of luck.

  3. My boss at Tabco suffered us through Ramadan by day ten, nobody wanted to even ask him a question. The hardest part was eating lunch in front of him!!!

  4. We haven't heard or seen any drums...but we asked our fruit stand guy about this and he said that they do come around and bang drums.

    So I don't really know...apparently in Saudi Arabia they use cannons. That would be neat :)