The month of Ramadhan began this weeks, and throughout the Muslim world. the faithful are?
GV Crowds lining streets and gun in foreground
SV Boy sits on wall
SV & GV Gun loaded and fired (2 shots)
SV & CU Family eating meal (3 shots)
GV Lit square at night
SV Children on Ramadhan swings
SV & CU Young boy on firing range
SV & CU Man playing on rail game (2 shots)
SV Peanut vendor carrying wears on head
SV Young man lifting weight
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Background: The month of Ramadhan began this weeks, and throughout the Muslim world. the faithful are observing the strict rule requiring them to abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset during the 29 days of the festival.
In Cairo feasting and merry-making begins with the firing of a gun to mark the sunset. In homes and restaurants the food is laid up in advance, and the stalls and funfairs set up for the festival await the rush of customers the moment the gun fires.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo, crowds wait for the firing of a gun to mark the end of the day's fasting and the beginning of the night's festivities. It is the month of Ramadhan, when the Muslim faithful are required to abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset.
In homes, cafes and restaurants, the sunset gun is the signal to sit down at tables already laid with good things only children under fifteen, expectant and nursing mothers, the old and sick, and soldiers on duty are exempt from the fast.
Nightfall is also the sign for children and adults to flock to the stalls and funfairs set up in the area of the city near the famous Khan el Khalaeli bazaar and the Al Akhsar Mosque.
There are entertainments for all ages. And for those still feeling the effects of the day's fasting, there are food stalls and peanut vendors.
The merry-making requires plenty of stamina--it goes on like this for 29 days.