With Ramadan fast approaching, here is our advice about how to travel during the holy month. Most people do not specifically plan to travel during Ramadan and many only realise after booking their holidays and a great time it is to travel too! Not only are hotels cheaper, but the festivities after dark are one of a kind! However, the holy month of Ramadan is taken very seriously, so if you are going to be travelling to a Muslim country in the next month, make sure you abide by certain rules. The rules are for the most-part based on common-sense more than anything else, but remember that despite how lax some countries are outside of Ramadan, you should expect the rhythm to be different during this month of fasting.
Ramadan is a fasting period which lasts approximately a month; the exact dates are determined by the moon's activity. The fast lasts between 29 and 30 days and this year runs from the 20th July. The Ramadan is a period when Muslims all over the world fast from dawn till dusk for the entire month. This means nothing passes their lips - not a drop of water. Smoking and drinking are also banned. As you can imagine, this time can be extremely challenging for even the most orthodox of Muslims, physically but also mentally. The aim of Ramadan is to remind Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.
The day may be a challenge, even for non-Muslims, but at night is when everything really comes alive and the fun begins. Only can you witness it during the holy month, so enjoy and Ramadan Mubarak, we say!
Words by R.H.