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The spiritual quest: Ramadan festivities in Old Delhi

Updated : 2019-05-25 08:19:38

It is May and the days are warm. Muslims across the world are fasting all day to mark Ramadan, the holy month. The alleys in Old Delhi near Jama Masjid are empty with curtains pulled on the eateries to avoid distraction during the fasting hours. At 7.15 pm, there is all-round silence as people wait for the call of muezzin to break the fast, called Roza. As the muezzin’s call for the prayer echoes through the streets, the silence settles for a few minutes as the faithful begin their prayers. They then break the fast with fruits and juice. Throughout the night until 4 am, the pious celebrate what they call ‘Sheri’, when they can eat as much as they want to. Gathered here is a collection of images of Ramadan festivities in Old Delhi.

People enjoy their Iftar (breaking fast) meal near the Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi.
People enjoy their Iftar (breaking fast) meal near the Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi.
A woman walks past the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi
A woman walks past the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi
The Jama Masjid in Delhi at sunset. Muslims in the country are observing Ramadan, the holy fasting month.
The Jama Masjid in Delhi at sunset. Muslims in the country are observing Ramadan, the holy fasting month.
Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month Ramadan. The faithful will refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.
Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month Ramadan. The faithful will refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.
As the sun sets, Muslims break their day-long fast and set out with families and friends to the nearby markets of Jama Masjid in new clothes, footwear, jewellery and accessories to be worn on Eid day, that marks the end of the month- long fasting.
As the sun sets, Muslims break their day-long fast and set out with families and friends to the nearby markets of Jama Masjid in new clothes, footwear, jewellery and accessories to be worn on Eid day, that marks the end of the month- long fasting.
Ramadan month is considered holy, where the adults in the community refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, among others, including sinful behaviour such as fighting, from dawn to dusk.
Ramadan month is considered holy, where the adults in the community refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, among others, including sinful behaviour such as fighting, from dawn to dusk.
A man is  enjoying his Iftar (breaking fast) meal at a restaurant near Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi.
A man is  enjoying his Iftar (breaking fast) meal at a restaurant near Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi.
People pray before breaking their fast at a restaurant near Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi
People pray before breaking their fast at a restaurant near Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi
Muslim men are having their iftaar meal inside a shop.
Muslim men are having their iftaar meal inside a shop.
Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a restaurant.
Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a restaurant.
An iftar meal is being cooked at an eatery in Old Delhi.
An iftar meal is being cooked at an eatery in Old Delhi.
Workers cook a non-vegetarian dish during the holy month of Ramadan in Old Delhi
Workers cook a non-vegetarian dish during the holy month of Ramadan in Old Delhi
shoppers at a market near Jama Masjid in Delhi.
shoppers at a market near Jama Masjid in Delhi.
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