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Reel No.1 - Bell and Howell
A long shot of the Minarets of the Mosque at the Citadelle which are lit up in order to announce the beginning of the fast to the population.
One of the main streets completely deserted during the breaking of the Fast by the believers.
A local baker preparing "Konafa" an oriental pastry.
Children carrying lanterns and singing popular songs
Interior of the Sayed el Hussein Mosque during prayers.
View of a temporary bazar erected for the month of Ramadan and which remains open all night long in order to sell dried fruits, dried apricots and other traditional foodstuffs.
A medium shot of a vendor of dried fruits.
Reel No.2 - Arriflex
A ceremony in the religious Tribunal which is called Charei, where the Mufti of Egypt announces the appearance of the New moon which starts off the one month fast - This is a most important month for the Islamic World as it was the month in which the Moslems received the Koran from their Prophet Mohamed. This month of Ramadan is one of the five fundamental laws of the Moslem Religion. The traditional reception was held under the patronage of Mr. El Bendari, Governor of Cairo, who represented President Nasser.
The Mufti of Egypt with the president of the Cairo Tribunal: Mohamed Ramadan
El Bendari, the President's delegate arriving at the reception
A medium shot of Hag Amin el Husseini, Mufti of Palestine, chatting with the President's delegate
Sheikh el Chuchai reciting verses from the Koran.
A general view of the audience listening to the verses from the Koran
A long shot of the Sheikh reciting the Koran
A close shot of the Sheikh
The Mufti of Egypt announcing the beginning of the fast.
long shot of all the audience.
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Background: Ramadan, the Muslim month in which absolute fasting from down to sunset is required. The law is based on the Koran. It states that a fast has always been part of religion. In Islam it falls in this month because in the Koran was revealed. And it is bolier than others. It begins when the new moon is actually seen and lasts until night of the next new moon. The last ten days of the month are regarded as especially sacred.
Thus the capital city of Egypt, Cairo starts upon the month of fasting. The exotic minarets of the Mosque at the Citadelle are flocalit to announce the event.
During the day many of the main streets are almost deserted during the breaking of Fast by believer. But there is work to do all the same. A local baker prepares "Konafa" (oriental pastry). A temporary Bazaar has been erected for the month of fasting and will remain open all night for the sale of dried fruits, apricots and other traditional foodstuffs. For between dusk and dawn food may be taken.
A ceremony in the religious Tribunal, called Charwi, is the occasion when the Mufti of Egypt announces the appearance of the new moon and inaugurates the Fast. It is perhaps the most important month of the year for the Islamic world, for it was the month when the Koran was received from the Prophet Mohamed. It is in fact one of the five fundamental laws of the Moslem religion.
President Nasser was represented at the traditional Ramadan reception by the Governor of Cairo, Mr El Bendari.)