Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Holy month of Ramadan and Pasar Ramadan (Ramadan Market)

This month Ramadan, is the ninth month of Islamic Lunar Calendar. This is the holiest month. It is considered the time for increased prayers, spiritual practices, charity and sharing among families and friends. During this period every adult Muslims are obliged to fast, between dawn and sunset. This means they have to abstain from all food and drinks, smoking and also sexual contact which forms some basic requirements for physical purification. While, the spiritual aspects of fasting prohibits them from entertaining or harbour vengeance, gossiping, lying, slandering, refrain from obscenity and many more. This is more intended to assist the Muslims to strengthen their self-discipline, self-restraint, goodwill and also to constantly aware of others who lives in poverty and hardship. The month of Ramadan ends with grand celebration known as Eid Mubarak, Aidil Fitri or Eid-Ul-Fitr which means the grand day of breaking the fast.

One common sight all over Malaysia, during the holy month of Ramadan is the setting up of Pasar Ramadan or Ramadan Market which sells all kind of food, vegetables and fruits. This enables our Muslim brothers and sisters to get whatever food or vegetables they want before breaking the fast daily. With the increasingly busy lifestyles people prefer to buy their food from Pasar Ramadan. One can get almost anything there. This time of the year is not only enjoyed by the Muslims, but also by the non-Muslims who can go and buy whatever they like to eat.

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  1. You should visit the Bazaar in front of Jama Masjid during Ramadan nights. I don't have words to describe it.

    Your photographs reminded of it. It has been sometime I have been there.

  2. My goodness - all kinds of tasty delights!