Ramadan or Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is the month of abstinence and fasting. Participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and sexual intimacy during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.
Fast begins with sehar or meal before the dawn each day and ends with Iftar, the breaking of fast at dusk. Over time, Iftar has grown into banquet festivals. This is a time of fellowship with families, friends and surrounding communities, but may also occupy larger spaces at mosques or banquet halls, where a hundred or more may gather at a time.
BeyondHeadlines’ Joydeep Hazarika travelled to Old Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid for the feast.