Ramadan Month Decorations and Atmosphere in Cairo, Egypt



As much as the month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, is different because of being a Holy month in which the Muslims try to come closer to God, it is also different because the Egyptians have their own ways of decorating the streets and giving them another taste.

Even if you are not a Muslim, you will directly and immediately fall in love with the streets during Ramadan month in Cairo, Egypt; you will love the idea of using lanterns, as well as those fabrics which they use to decorate tables, walls, and even making street decorations out of them and which usually carry the drawings that reveal culture, traditions, and bring color to the whole place.

The Egyptian streets in the Holy month of Ramadan are not only decorated with those different lights and decorations, but they are also decorated with the ones related to this month only, such as the famous “fanous فانوس” which is a lantern that dates back to Caliph Moez Eldin and which is only used during this month. From the other things that only appear during Ramadan are the night callers who are known as “AlMusaharati المسحراتي” and who wanders the streets of Cairo in order to wake people up before El-Fajr prayer time for them to eat and drink – although most of them are usually awake already not like the old days of Cairo.

Usually, people like the idea of visiting old Cairo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2av6HQdgp3w) – El Moez street and Khan El Khalili – during Ramadan because they believe that the whole atmosphere there is different, which could be true to a great extent, but now even the places in New Cairo tend to turn their Ramadan spirit on with using the same kind of decoration, making it not much different from heading to old Cairo – that’s of course apart from the old Islamic buildings that make it different in the area of old Cairo.

The Holy month of Ramadan is known to be the closest month to the hearts of the Muslims all over the world because it is when they are called upon in order to renew their spiritual commitment through fasting till Maghrib prayer time, praying, as well as through the acts of charity; in other words it is the month of the year for them to purify their souls and refocus their attention and try to come closer to God.

The decorations, prayers, and night callers are the things related to Ramadan when it comes to the things appearing to the outside world, but there are actually other good things about this Holy month which we should mention. During the Holy month of Ramadan, friends and family gather on Iftar and they might sometimes gather during Sohour time as well, which brings people closer during this month. In addition to that, during this month people tend to watch the television because there are different series done to be specifically aired during the month.

Generally speaking, the Holy month of Ramadan is different for the Muslim world for the different reasons related to religion but when it comes to Cairo, Egypt, the whole month is given a makeover that includes the streets and the television in it. The decorations made in the streets of Cairo during Ramadan give people the feeling that people are always awake, day and night.

When Ramadan is over, people are usually happy because then comes the feast (عيد الفطر) which is usually taken off and which celebrates what they have been doing in the Holy month.

A lot of those who travel to Egypt during the Holy month of Ramadan, enjoy the spirit they are faced with, although it becomes difficult to make tours since most of those Muslims workers will be fasting and thus might find some difficulties related to focusing and giving all what they can.

It is considered a good idea for those Muslims living abroad to go and spend some time off during Ramadan in Egypt in order to enjoy the spirit of the month which is scattered all around the streets of the city and at the same time enjoy the Islamic buildings of old Cairo in El Muizz street by visiting the place at night or even managing to have iftar in any of the restaurants that are found in the area.

Egypt has always been known as the country filled with history and that is one of the top reasons behind being one of the Arabic countries always visited, since tourists usually love the idea of checking the Pharaonic monuemts, temples, and museums. When it comes to the Holy month of Ramadan, Cairo is also considered the place where people could spend their Ramadan differently since not all the Muslim countries apply the same kind of decorations all over the streets and give the whole city or country another taste and feeling.

If you are planning to visit old Cairo during the month of Ramadan then it would be a nice idea to check Beit El Sehemy which holds different Ramadan events (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bNZXhtN7k), go through El Moez street and its buildings and different mosques (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yikKIDittSc), and also check the area of Khan El Khalili market.

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