Lanterns light up ahead of Ramadan!-Xinhua

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A Palestinian sells Ramadan lanterns in Jerusalem’s Old City on March 31, 2022. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Xinhua)

CAIRO, April 1 (Xinhua) — As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan kicks off on Saturday, traditional decorative lanterns adorn the streets and light up the evenings in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Palestine.

Although prices for goods rose in many countries ahead of Ramadan amid the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, many Muslims are still buying lanterns, dates, sweets and nuts to celebrate the holy month.

Traditional Ramadan lanterns, or fanoos in Arabic, originated in Egypt hundreds of years ago when they were used to light up dark streets, but later became toys to add joy to children and children. families.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims generally refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

Children pose for photos with a lantern ahead of the holy month of Ramadan at a lantern market in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

A man takes photos of lanterns ahead of the holy month of Ramadan at a market in Cairo, Egypt, March 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

A Yemeni vendor holds a decorative lantern at a market in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, March 31, 2022. (Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua)

Syrians are seen buying decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan in the capital Damascus on March 27, 2022 (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua)

People buy Ramadan decorations at a store in Beirut, Lebanon on April 1, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)

A vendor displays lanterns on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Nablus on April 1, 2022. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)

A girl holds a lantern at Al-Zawiya market ahead of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Gaza City on March 28, 2022. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

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