How tents cover the social side of Ramadan
Over the past week, tents have been constructed across the country in preparation for Ramadan. This year, those observing the holy month will have to fast for more than 14 hours per day, a little longer than in 1999 when this photograph was taken. Ramadan took place in the winter that year, and while fasting times were shorter, tents were as popular as ever. Taken on January 2 in Dubai, the image shows a classic Ramadan tent: lanterns hang from the ceiling; people sip water; a waiter dispenses drinks; and a shisha pipe is seen on the left. All this nighttime activity underlines that Ramadan is a time for prayer and contemplation, but also a time to socialise with family and friends.
If Ramadan is a time to honour traditions it is also a time to embrace new trends. According to recent research, there is a surge in the amount of time users spend on Facebook and Instagram, peaking at around 3am. One hot topic? Ramadan tents.
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