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How do Muslims celebrate Ramadan? Here are 5 unique traditions
From the sounding of the iftar cannon to lavish banquets, this is how Muslims mark the most sacred month of the year.
Muslims are welcoming the holy month of Ramadan—the most sacred time of the year in Islamic culture. Observed worldwide as a month of fasting and prayer, Ramadan has also been marked for centuries by a unique set of traditions that reflect the spirit of solidarity among people in the Islamic world.
From the booming cannons that hail the breaking of the fast to festive lantern-lit evenings, here are a few cherished Ramadan rituals.
The end of the day’s fast—as well the initial start of Ramadan—is hailed with a boom. Antique cannons fired by police mark iftar, or breaking the fast, at sunset.
Conflicting accounts detail the origin of this Ramadan ritual, though all point to