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Top 10 reasons to celebrate Ramadan in Kuwait

1. The roads are almost empty during the day time. You can reach Kuwait City from Fintas in 10 minutes and Shuwaikh in 15 minutes. Try that during any other month and expect to spend anywhere from a half hour to three in traffic.

2. Every hotel offers sumptuous iftar and suhoor buffets. You will never starve if you live in Kuwait. If you can’t afford the hotel buffets, there are dozens of iftar tents set up by private businesses and charity organizations to provide meals for low income fasters.

3. You can pray at any mosque - regardless of nationality or age - and be welcome.

4. Kanafa. Luqaimat. Gurs Ogaily.

5. The Iftar cannon in Kuwait City. Children love to see the cannon fire that announces the breaking of the fast. It’s a family tradition for many Muslim families in Kuwait.

6. Gergia’an. It’s like Halloween for Kuwaiti kids but without the witches and the Satanic associations.

7. Ghabqas, ghabqas, ghabqas. Pretty much every single company or organization will host a Ramadan ghabqa for their staff and often give away fun prizes including flights, electronics and other treats.

8. Shorter working hours. Even the private sector gets cut from 48 hours to 36 hours per week during Ramadan, giving everyone including expat employees a chance to spend more time with their families during the holy month.

9. Everyone is required to fast in public and this means that even those who do not normally fast will suffer a little bit. This in turn helps us all to remember those who live in poverty and others like the millions of refugees all around the world who do not know when they will have their next meal. We all should remember their suffering and do what we can to help. Ramadan in Kuwait reminds us of that.

10. Spending time with family, visiting friends and the slower pace of life (especially during a summer- time Ramadan). Another reason to be grateful for Ramadan in Kuwait.

Ramadan Kareem everyone!

By Sara Ahmed

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This article was published on 25/06/2015