Iranian Ramadan rituals on the wane

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (MNA) — Iranian rituals for Ramadan are gradually diminishing in Iran where people regard the holy month as God’s feast.

People used to carefully clean their homes beforehand, making everything ready for the entrance of the month-long feast.

Over 100 types of foods and 30 kinds of cookies and bread used to be prepared specially for this month.

People used to wake up at midnight for a meal at sahar-khani, special poems and supplications performed on the rooftops and through the interwoven alleys of cities.

Iftar — the time for breaking the fast used to be announced by playing the naqareh, a long wind instrument that was played from minarets or cities’ towers.

Today, all these rituals have been forgotten, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday in an article.

“Today, everything moves with haste and society is quickly transforming,” anthropologist Ahmad Vakilian said.

“However, TV could play a vital role in preserving these rituals,” he added.

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