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September 1, 2008

Ramadan Starts Today!

Ramadan Kareem!

For our Muslim brothers, Ramadan is the most awaited time of year. What to expect during Ramadan:

  • Restaurants and shops are closed during the day. This can be frustrating at times although they open in the evening til midnight or early morning. Expect horrible traffic in the evening.
  • Shortened workhours. This is good if the company is implementing the mandated 6-hour work day for both Muslims and non-Muslims.
  • New timing for rush hours. Since workhours is shorter, traffic between 12 noon to 2 pm and in the evening is horrible.
  • Banks and offices start late and close early although some bank branches are open in the evening.
  • Expect supermarkets to be full as people buy food to prepare sumptous meal to break the fast (Iftar).
  • Many promotions. It's a good time to buy a new car.
  • Most importantly, do not eat, drink and smoke in public.
To know more about the celebration of Ramadan, check my previous post here.

6 comments:

kengkay said...

bawal kumain pero hindi bawal magshopping, ganun ba yun, hehe

Nina Lumberio said...

hay. alam mo ba, sa araw lang naman di kumakain pero sa gabi pa-morningan ang party...wag ka pati daw sex bawal pero sa umaga lang...:)

Joy said...

I'd be really keen to see Muslims when they feast in the evening. Fasting during the day is good. But gorging themselves in the evening seems kind of iffy to me.

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Heart of Rachel said...

It sounds like a very challenging tradition. I don't think I could survive the morning without drinking. Malakas pa naman ako uminom ng tubig.

Nina Lumberio said...

@Doc Joy,
During Ramadan, the incidence of digetive-related disorders increases because of overeating especially with an empty stomach! Can you believe that?...

@Rachel,
Nakakapanibago kapag bago ka lang dito. We can eat and drink but not in public and we do that very discreetly. My colleagues are tolerant but still, we try to be discreet when eating and drinking.

Nina Lumberio said...

Actually, they are supposed to fast during the day only - from sunrise til sunset.