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Ramadan 2008: 1 September - 30 September

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Are you living in or from a country which celebrates Ramadan? If so, which country? Please advise tourists about whether Ramadan is a good time to visit your country or if it should be avoided. If tourists do visit what advise do you have for us. Have you ever travelled in a muslim country during Ramadan? Which country? Would you advise for or against it?
11 years ago, July 24th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #42992  
Hi,
My boyfriend and I are traveling to Syria, jordan and Beirut for two weeks in about a month. We can either travel to Damascus and Jordan before Ramadan begins—the week of August 23—or go the week it starts. Has anyone gone during Ramadan and know whether it's better to travel before or during? (for ex, we're concerned about finding food during the day.)

I'm also curious about attire for women in Syria and Jordan. Do I need a head scarf? How conservatively should I plan to dress? I am blonde and American... Reply to this

11 years ago, August 2nd 2008 No: 2 Msg: #44029  
Hi,
In general you will not get any probelm in these 3 countries. But during Ramadan, you must be careful especially in Jordan and then Syria. Do not eat or drink or smoke in public, also wear something elegant.

But for Lebanon is some how complicated. If you are in Christian ares you will see yourself in a western country, like Eastern Beirut areas, Jounieh and some others. But.... if you are in the north in Tripoli or down south to Sidon and Tyre you have to be careful. While in the mountains in general it is ok as they in general do not have Ramadan life.

Now regarding Syria and Jordan it is fine there not to wear a head scarf. You will find many women without even head scarf. By the way, you also will see some blonds in these 3 countries.

If you need any further information just let me know.
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11 years ago, August 8th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #44754  
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Dear Carrie

firstly the month of Ramadan is a month of fasting, praying, peace and focused worship to Allah, the who objective of Ramadan for muslims is to be good, kind,patient, controlled, to connect with Allah and so on. By going to a muslim country in this month you will get a unique experience of how a society can be unified in action, thought and spirit - something like Xmas when you where young but longer.

Im planning on being in Turkey and Syria over this month purly to experience this month in a muslim country.

As for safety, I suggest that you (as Im sure you already do) are considerate of others and try not to offend by what is deemed to be improper dress (shorts etc). Also, I suggest you ask your embassy if there are any issues with visiting these countries...

enjoy your stay and please come back and share your experience...

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10 years ago, August 25th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #46680  
I moved this to the Travel News and Discussion forum.

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10 years ago, August 25th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #46691  
I will be in Kyrgyzstan this year during Ramadan. Does anybody know what I can expect? Reply to this

10 years ago, August 25th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #46704  
Mell from what I've heard, the Kyrgyz are very relaxed generally about their religion, there shouldn't be any problems I think.

I spent the whole of Ramazan 2005 in Pakistan, and had a great time. People were still buying me food and drinks despite not being able to eat or drink themselves.

A tip - there is some rule that 'travellers' are exempt from fasting - the result, in Pakistan at least, ws that loads of people would go to the train or bus stations to eat, where there would be food for sale behind drawn curtains. I was told that most of the people here were going nowhere, but just wanted to appear that they were playing by the rules. Reply to this

10 years ago, August 26th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #46803  
Here is a related thread.
Ramadan in Morocco?

Thanks for the info ConMel. 😊
Hopefully they wont be fasting at all in Kyrgyzstan. I would not want to order food and eat it in front of people who havent eaten for hours. Not sure I would want to be amongst the cheaters at the train station either. I dont mind being one of the Godless and/or foreigners but I dont really want to be so obvious about it. Reply to this

10 years ago, September 14th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #48687  
I just got back from 9 days in Kyrgyzstan. There was no sign of Ramadan restrictions there. There was also no sign of Sunday. Everything was open on Sundays like any other day. Reply to this

10 years ago, September 18th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #49168  
Hi,
anybody can visit Pakistan in Ramazan only you not eat or drink or smok in a public places you can do in a hotels and in your room no problem the peoples are very friendly.
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10 years ago, April 2nd 2009 No: 10 Msg: #67961  
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