CAIRO: On the occasion of Ramadan, the Ministry of Tourism will hold “Ramadan Zaman”, a series of religious and cultural festivals and carnivals on El-Mo’iz Street in the heart of Islamic Cairo, Youm7 reported Friday.
“Ramadan Zaman” or a traditional Ramadan festival is set to be held every evening throughout the holy month, head of the Historic Cairo Restoration Project (HCRP), Mohamed Abdel Aziz, told Youm7.
“The festival is to revive the traditional rituals and memories of the holy month, boost Egypt’s tourism and to increase public awareness of the significance of Egypt’s heritage,” said Abdel Aziz, who added that admission to all the events is free.
The Wust El-Balad soft rock band, the folk group at the American University in Cairo, Reda folkloric troupe, a tanoura show, Sufi dance and religious chanting groups are to partake in the event, said Abdel Aziz.
On the sideline of the festival, a fine arts exhibition along with daily art workshops for children and a book fair will be held, he added.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days widely used in the Islamic world. Ramadan falls 10 days earlier every solar year. According to Islamic history, it is the month when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
During the 29-30 days of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from sunrise to sunset. It is one of five pillars upon which Islam is based. It usually witnesses a notable increase in religious observance among Muslims worldwide.