Here’s How Muslims Around The World Celebrate Ramadan


Lisa Suherman •  Jun 27, 2016

So, we are given the opportunity to meet the holy month of Ramadan once again. Let’s see how people around the world celebrate this blessed month!

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1. Istanbul, Turkey

Thousands of people breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan at the Blue Mosque square.

Credit: Halit Yetkin on Facebook

Ramadan is also known as Ramazan in Turkey. Being an Islamic country, visitors are advised to be discrete about eating in public during the fasting hours. It is also the month when the Holy Quran was sent to Prophet Muhammad.

2. Jakarta, Indonesia

Muslims praying the Tarawih prayers in the Istiqal Mosque in Jakarta.

Credit: Novia Elvita Arlis on Facebook

Indonesians buying food for their iftar at the Ramadan bazaar.

Credit: Eduardo M.C on Flickr

Indonesia is where the largest number of Muslims reside – they form about 95 percent of the country’s population! One interesting fact is that the kids will parade around their neighbourhood and shout “Sahur! Sahur!” to wake everyone up for their pre-dawn meal.

3. China

Muslims gathering to pray at the mosque in Xi'an.

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Muslims breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan at the night market in Xinjiang.

Credit: Evgeni Zotov on Flickr 

Many Muslims from all over China gathered at Niujie Mosque, the largest and oldest mosque in China, on the first day of Ramadan this year. However, the civil servants, teachers and pupils in the Xinjiang region have been banned from fasting or taking part in any religious activities. Restaurants have also been ordered to follow their normal opening hours.

4. London, England

Muslims in London waiting to break their fast in the mosque after fasting during the daylight hours.

Credit: Ahsanul Karim on Facebook 

Muslim men praying together, led by Imam Asim Hafiz.

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It is said that this year, Muslims in the UK are fasting the longest hours in 33 years as Ramadan coincides with the summer solstice. The end of Ramadan falls on 7 July in the UK this year and it will be celebrated with various Eid festivals across the region.

5. Palestine

A young Palestinian vendor selling bread in the West Bank for Ramadan.

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Muslims breaking their fast at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Credit: Eye on Palestine on Facebook

Palestine men over the age of 45, children under 12 and women of all ages were allowed to enter East Jerusalem without entry permits by the Israeli army during the month of Ramadan, so that they will be able to pray and have their iftar in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is considered sacred by both the Jews and Muslims.

6. Pakistan

Pakistani Muslims breaking his fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi.

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Pakistani Muslim vendors selling bread at the street food market.

Credit: Shahzeb Younas on Flickr 

7. Thailand

Thai Muslim women praying the Terawih prayers outside of the mosque as there is a lack of space in the praying hall.

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Muslims in Pattani breaking their fast.

Credit: Nay Sai on Facebook 

Although Buddhism is the religion for the majority of the people in Thailand, the Muslims make up about 5 percent of the population. They are mostly situated in Southern Thailand – Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat which are just across the border from Malaysia.

8. Dhaka, Bangladesh

The major Iftar bazaar of Dhaka during the month of Ramadan.

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A Muslim man reciting the Quran in a mosque.

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Islam is the largest religion in Bangladesh and it has the world’s fourth largest Muslim population. The towns and villages are adorned with beautiful lights and decorations to celebrate the holy month.

9. Philippines

Muslims praying outside Mindanao’s first ever pink mosque as they start to observe the first day of Ramadan.

Credit: Hokage Ng Cotabato on Facebook

10. Bosnia

Bosnian men and women having their iftar together.

Credit: The Beauty of Islam on Facebook

Bosnia has a lack of mosques after the Bosnian War was over. Therefore, many Muslims perform their prayers in public spaces.

11. New York City, USA

The Turkish Cultural Centre has been setting up a Ramadan Tent for the past 10 years to provide free food at the end of a fasting day to everyone.

Credit: Turkish Cultural Centre on Facebook

Just like Muslims from other parts of the world, the Muslims here fast during the daylight hours. This year, the fast in U.S.A is about 16 and a half hours long!

12. Cairo, Egypt

A man reading the holy Quran in the Al-Refaie mosque.

Credit: Hossam El Homalawy on Flickr

During the month of Ramadan, free food is given out as charity for people to break their fast. People also read the holy Quran as part of their daily routines.

13. Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Muslim women having iftar together.

Credit: Japan Muslim Association on Facebook

Japanese Muslim men praying together.

Credit: Japan Muslim Association on Facebook

Although the predominant religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, there are about 10,000 Muslims in the country. The Tokyo Camii, which is also known as the Tokyo Mosque, organises various activities during the month of Ramadan.

14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A widespread of food being sold at one of the Ramadan bazaars.

[Check out 10 of the most happening Ramadan bazaars to visit nearby MRT/LRT stations in KL!]

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Muslim women waiting to break their fast together at Islamic Art Museum.

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Just like us, our nearest neighbour Malaysia has lots of Ramadan bazaars which sells cheap and yummy food! Muslims in Malaysia also fast during the daylight hours and break their fast with their family and friends.

15. Singapore

Muslims doing their tarawih prayers in a mosque.

Credit: Muhammad Daud Daud on Facebook

All the yummy food in one place. You’ll definitely be spoiled for choice!

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In Singapore, we are blessed as we are given the freedom to practice our own religions, especially in the holy month of Ramadan. Lucky for us Muslims, we have endless choices of Halal food!

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16. Doha, Qatar

Muslim men pray during Ramadan in Doha, Qatar at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque.

Credit: Omar Chatriwala on Flickr

Muslims having iftar inside a Ramadan tent together.

Credit: Omar Chatriwala on Flickr

So there you have it – Ramadan around the world! Hopefully this has given you an insight of how Muslims around the world celebrate this holy month. I don’t know about you but this definitely inspires me to want to travel during Ramadan and experience a different atmosphere next time!