Ramadan and Eid al Fitr in Saudi Arabia

Learn all about the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid al Fitr holidays in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the following Blue Abaya posts.

The first post on Ramadan is back from 2010 when the blog began and it’s called ‘Magic Month in the Kingdom‘. A good read for those not familiar with Ramadan or for expats living in Saudi Arabia or anyone interested in learning more about the holy month of Ramadhan.

Last year I wrote a post called ‘In search of the True Meaning of Ramadhan’. In this post I talked about how I sometimes feel the real meaning behind the fasting has been forgotten and instead the month has become all about spending, splurging, over-eating, junk food, partying all night, and sleeping all day.

antique quran goldSince I worked in a large government hospital in Riyadh during the course of three Ramadan’s, naturally I wanted to highlight on how the month changes the daily routines of the hospitals in Saudi Arabia. As you may already know, the opening hours and working times change during Ramadan in KSA. This also effects the entire hospital in some positive, some not so positive ways. Read more about it in the post ‘Ramadan in a Saudi Hospital‘ and ‘Ramadan and Overcrowding Hospitals‘.

Ramadan is also a busy time for the Saudi religious police, also known as the ‘muttawa’ or Hai’a. The members of the Commission for Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue will be on the look out for all things haram in the shopping malls, reminding people to go pray and enforcing strict dress code. This year the MOI issued a statement that expats eating or drinking during daylight hours will risk being flogged and or deported from the Kingdom. More about that in this post (written tongue in cheek) Ramadan-The Favorite Month of the Saudi religious Police.
Ramadan in Saudi Arabia can be and is a wonderful experience for many. However, the non-Muslims and some expatriates might find this month especially gruesome due to certain rules and regulations. Read here about the two sides of Saudi Ramadan.

After the month of fasting is over, Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr, which this year 2014 will be 12 days long holiday during which most government offices will be closed. There are some interesting activities and events organized by the Riyadh Municipality every Eid. Here you can find a list of Top Ten Things to do during Eid Al Fitr holidays in Riyadh. Check out these posts for photos from the previous years’ Eid celebrations in Riyadh.

Ramadan Mubarak to all, wishing Blue Abaya readers and their families a month full of blessings, joy, special moments with family and peace.

 

 

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