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Published on : Friday, July 1, 2016
Muslims all across the globe have been ringing in the holy month of Ramadan ever since June 2016, amidst the traditional ritual of fasting to commemorate Quran’s revelation to Prophet Muhammad. This Islamic festival marks a joyous occasion that is celebrated with pomp in the warm presence of friends and family. However, several travelers seize the golden opportunity to indulge in a generous amount of globetrotting and explore the colorful traits of this festival in various parts of the world.
So, if you are bit by wanderlust and are tempted enough to treat your taste-buds to the Iftar cuisine delicacies in distant lands, try visiting the following five exotic locales during Ramadan:
Travelers who wish to make the most of Ramadan experience should never miss out the Ramadan celebrations in UAE. Cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi would present a lavish festive spirit to tourists, represented by a perfect amalgamation of culture and luxury. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi would make one’s travel to this region more memorable during the month of Ramadan.
The government of Dubai organizes events that spread awareness about the significance of Ramadan. Special Arabic tents, known as ‘Ramadhan Majlis’ are hosted in Dubai’s hotels, enriched with Persian carpets, where Iftar meals are celebrated every evening.
Boasting of a rich cultural heritage and interesting history, Egypt is a fabulous Ramadan destination, particularly for ardent history buffs. The spectacular resorts, fascinating ‘halal’ options in Cairo and the beaches in Sharm ei Sheikh and Hurghada would absolutely impress tourists. The hotels, restaurants, and picturesque mosques in Egypt are greatly revered for serving the best Iftar meals.
The sight of Ramadan lanterns illuminating the streets, restaurants and houses of Egypt is also quite attractive to visitors. Here are a few of the lip-smacking dishes one should try here:
Turkey is one of the most amazing tourist destinations for people who are desirous of soaking in the ambiance of Ramadan in the best possible way. Tourists might choose to visit the beautiful Blue Mosque. For the more adventurous, an awesome Iftar cruise along the waterway of Bosphorus would be the ideal icing on the cake. Muslim travellers who are deeply spiritual would fall in love with this place, thanks to the numerous mosques and pilgrimage sites dotting Turkey.
Another reason why this country is adorable during Ramadan is the variety of delectable Iftar cuisines offered here. And of course, the Sufi concerts, speeches, Tarawih prayers and Quran recitations bring alive the Sultanehmat Square.
Malaysia is renowned is a popular Ramadan destination for globetrotters mainly due to the unique variation in traditional snacks. Apart from the delicious snacks, travelers can also pamper themselves to some wonderful desserts and other food items. The regional inhabitants of this part of the world are quite hospitable and generous who invite tourists for celebrating Ramadan in unison. The festival is celebrated with more gaiety here, through traditional dance-forms.
The local mosques in Malaysia flaunt a fusion of modern and traditional architectural designs. A visit to these mosques would brighten up your day instantly.
Some of the special foods you should explore during your Ramadan visit to Malaysia include ‘roti canai’, ‘bubur lambuk’, ‘nasi kandar’ and so on.
Morocco is flooded with Muslims as well as non-Muslim travelers who are lured by its awe-inspiring delicacies, sophisticated souks based in Marrakesh and the magnificent Grand Mosque located in Casablanca. This nation is home to al-Qarawiyyin that is the oldest university of the entire world, and also numerable mosques that offer tourists a sneak peek into Islamic culture. The breaking of the Ramadan fast is a great opportunity for travelers to break the ice and interact with the local people of Morocco.
The traditional Iftar meal of Morocco is something visitors can try, for a welcome change.
These nations represent the various flavors of Ramadan in more ways than one and attract millions of tourists every year. Good luck to every wanderer who is looking forward to celebrating this festival among diverse cultures.