CAIRO: After five years of negligence, the antique Ramadan cannon of Suez was painted and maintained to re-operate this Ramadan by popular demand in the city, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Firing a Ramadan cannon to mark the end of fasting hours so Muslims may finally break their fast during the holy month has been Egypt’s centuries-old tradition.
Officials in the governorate took the cannon back to the beach in Khoar area near the corniche, where it used to be stationed before 2011.
The cannon was a delightful landmark in the governorate; hence many Suez residents have posted pictures of themselves on social media with the cannon, demanding its return.
The tradition of firing Ramadan Cannon to signal the end and the start of fasting hours dates back to Egypt’s Mameluk era (1250-1517,) Minya University’s Islamic history professor Fathy Khourshid previously told The Cairo Post.
Additional reporting by Reporting by Sayed Noun