The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims find as a great opportunity for purification through one of the special religious observance and the pillars of Islam—daily fasting. Muslims, in Ramadan, would also devote a great part of their time for prayers, charitable acts, family gatherings, and reciting Quran, celebrating its revelation in the last ten days of Ramadan. This year, Ramadan starts on 5 May and ends with Eid Al-Fitr holiday on 4 June.
Britain alone has a strong Muslim community of 3.1 million Muslims; 14 thousand of them are Saudis. It is reported that fasting in UK will reach 18 hours a day, in which they had to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and intimating relations from dawn to dusk.
- The Ramadan spending in the UK is reportedly worth over £200m annually
When you wander in Britain’s streets in Ramadan, you can feel like you are walking in Arab country. As supermarket chains and restaurants, especially the Arab-owned ones, pay greater attention to Muslims during this holy month; restaurants would serve a banquet of Arab halal foods like Foul, Fatayer, Wraps, Masoub, Kapsa, Mutabbaq, Laban, Saleeg, Sambousa, dates, and Maamul. If so, it’s no wonder to find clothes’ shop show Khaliji and Saudi pieces of clothing.
Nothing like it to spend Ramadan in the Arab country; however, Saudis expatriates in Britain, who try to revive Arab customs and rites find Ramadan’s nights an ideal opportunity for gathering to have Iftar or Sohour food, perform Tarawih prayers, and playing sports. Ramadan is really a burst of spiritual, community, and festive life in Britain’s homes and high streets for them.
With some of the longest hours of daylight in the world and an eighteen-hour-lasted fasting, hydration, fatigue, and concentration become some of the biggest concerns in Ramadan. Thus, it is highly recommended to follow an integrated healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.