• Short Summary

    THE FAST OF RAMADAN, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE MOSLEM CALENDAR, HAS ENDED.

  • Description

    THE FAST OF RAMADAN, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE MOSLEM CALENDAR, HAS ENDED. IN DAHOMEY ITS PASSING WAS MARKED BY CEREMONIES, PROCESSIONS AND PRAYERS.

    RAMADAN, THE FIFTH MONTH OF THE MOSLEM YEAR, HAS BEEN SACRED FOR MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS. TRADITION HAS IT THAT THE KORAN WAS SENT DOWN TO EARTH DURING RAMADAN.

    RAMADAN BEGINS AND ENDS WHEN A WITNESS TESTIFIES THAT THE NEW MOON HAS BEEN SIGHTED. DURING THE MONTH MOSLEMS ARE FORBIDDEN FOOD AND DRINK -- IN FACT ANY AVOIDABLE CHANCE IN THE BODY'S COMPOSITION -- FROM FIRST LIGHT UNTIL NIGHTFALL. LIKE THE CHRISTIAN PERIOD OF LENT, THE OBJECT OF RAMADAN IS TO DEVELOP SPIRITUALITY AND STRESS THE SUPREMACY OF SOUL OVER BODY. THERE ARE CLAIMS IN SOME COUNTRIES THAT RAMADAN IS TURNING INTO A MONTH OF GORMANDISING. FIRST LIGHT AND NIGHTFALL ARE DETERMINED BY THE MOMENT WHEN A WHITE THREAD MAY -- OR MAY NOT -- BE DISTINGUISHED FROM A BLACK THREAD.

    THE ONLY PERSONS EXCUSED FROM FASTING FOR THE 29 DAYS OF RAMADAN ARE THE VERY OLD, THE SICK, PREGNANT, OR PERSONS ON AN EXTENDED JOURNEY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2FVCYD499UUI1O29BNCCT7KZ4
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FVCYD499UUI1O29BNCCT7KZ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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