July - Ramadhan Festival

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Ramadhan is the most prominent festival celebrated by Muslims in Sri Lanka. The much-anticipated fasting month of the year takes place during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar - which is based on the moon. Fasting lasts from dawn to dusk - with breaking fast in the evening being special occasions. As the sun sets, families gather to break fast with dates and treats such as pakoras, samosas and kanji soup. Prayers are then recited for about an hour and mosques are later flocked with masses of crowds for night prayers. The month of fasting is ended with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr – one of the most important festivals for Muslims around the world. Celebrations centre around the whole family and include the wearing of new clothes, large feasts for meals and the exchanging of gifts.