From: Egypt Travel GuideEgypt Festivals and Events 2016-2017

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Ramadan is a special time for Muslim's as it was during this time that God revealed the first verses of the Quar'an to the prophet Muhammed. During Ramadan Muslim's fast from dawn through to sunset and are not permitted to eat, drink alcohol, sin or smoke during this time, with exception's for the very sick, elderly or young who do not have to partake in fasting.

Colourful lanterns are displayed both within peoples homes, inside mosques and on the streets during the month of Ramadan making many of the cities streets incredibly bright and colourful.

Between sunset and dawn Muslim's eat two meals known as 'iftar' and 'sohour'. The first meal is known as 'iftar' and takes place just after sunset and often contains a wide range of foods such as dates as well as music, dancing and other entertainment. The second meal is known as 'sohour' which takes place before dawn.

The feast of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan with families gathering together for a large celebratory meal.

Many of the tourist hotels and resorts will continue to serve alcohol and meals as usual, although it is considered in polite to eat, drink alcohol or smoke around Muslims who may be offended. Many tourist sites and attractions will often open late and close early during this time.

Date Of Ramadan
The start date of the moth of Ramadan change each year, although it it always within the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and lasts for a duration of 29 or 30 days.

Muslim's throughout Egypt take part in the celebrations.