Ramadan

The Islamic Fasting Month

Restaurants that serve food during daylight hours put up curtains so that fasting Muslims won't see people eating. Outside the City of Jambi, people are forbidden to eat in these restaurants, though they can buy the food packaged, as "take-away."

A Restaurant with a Curtain Across its Opening
Restaurants that serve food during daylight hours put up curtains so that fasting Muslims won’t see people eating.
Outside the City of Jambi people are forbidden to eat in these restaurants, though they can buy the food as “take-away.”

In 2013 the Islamic fasting month (Ramadan) occurred from 8 July till 8 August (some denominations of Islam say the 9th). When Westerners hear of the fasting month, they think Muslims fast for the entire month. That is not the case. They only fast during daylight hours, and there are often celebratory meals conducted in the mornings and evenings. The food prices tend to rise during this time of the year because more food is consumed during this month than the other months of the year.

There are also other significant changes that take place during Ramadan, and for guests in Indonesia, we’ve listed below some of the changes we observed in the Indonesian City of Jambi.

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