Friday, November 27, was the last Friday of Ramadan, the end of a month-long fast for followers of the Moslem Faith.
Friday, November 27, was the last Friday of Ramadan, the end of a month-long fast for followers of the Moslem Faith. On the first and last Friday's of Ramadan, Jordanian Moslems once flocked to Jerusalem to pray at the Aksa Mosque, the third Holy Shrine of Islam. But not this year. Jerusalem is a city under Israeli occupation.
Citizens, not only from Amman, the capital city, but also from all over Jordan, celebrated the end of the fast in local Mosques. During this fast no food is eaten between sunrise and sunset.
The first three days of the following month are known as the "little festival"--the festival of fast-breaking.
When the Fast of Ramadan comes of an end there begins a period of rejoicing--new clothes, household goods and toys are bought for the children. The markets and shops are thronged with people in search of gifts and things needed so that the Feast may be properly celebrated. The atmosphere of this shopping occasion has been likened to that of Christmas.
Since the Aksa Mosque is in Israeli occupied territory, many of the faithful went to pray in the Grand Hussein Mosque, the largest in Amman. It was after the final prayers marking the end of the Fast of Ramadan that Amman's markets began their brisk trade of people celebrating in a traditional manner.