posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 08:19 AM
a reply to: ketsuko
Hahahah...I guess it could be joyous as well as sombre reflection. In any case, Ramadan is not a SAD occasion, any of those could work.
That's the thing about cultural appropriation of religious holidays, even (or perhaps especially) Islamic ones. Outsiders end up thinking that that
"tradition" is part of the overall religion, when in fact it is just how it is dealt with in that country/region.
For example, in many arab countries, Ramadan is spent not eating/drinking all day, and then partying all night, for an entire month, and then likely
sleeping through most of the Eid Day (and optional morning prayers) that follows.
In contrast, in Pakistan, for example, it is spent not eating/drinking all day, and then still being all "serious" at night, studying religion etc.,
with no "fun" stuff, eg. cinema outings at night, and so on, and then on Eid Day the entire neighbourhood shows up at the local mosque for the
optional morning prayers (usually even more people than for the obligatory Friday congregational prayers).