Ramadan festivities return to India after two years

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Thousands of devout gathered in the courtyard of India’s famous Jama Masjid (main mosque) in the capital city of Delhi every evening during the Holy month of Ramazan break the fast together with the sound of explosive-laden crackers.

Due to Covid-19 limitations, the old section of Delhi city, which is known for a fiery Ramazan, has been without festivities for the previous two years.

Locals claim that life has returned to the neighbourhood and the courtyard of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s red sandstone mosque, which was built in the 17th century.

Its courtyard resembles a vast dining hall, with thousands of people lined up with a variety of delicacies waiting for the signal to dine.

Two cannon-fire sounds announce the end of the fast, followed by an intense quiet as water is consumed and food is eaten.

According to historians, a canon stationed in the mosque’s courtyard was fired to announce the breaking of the fast during the Mughal period, which lasted until 1857.

The fire of cannons was replaced by the bursting of explosive-laden crackers after the British took control of the city.

Because there are no epidemic limitations this year, he said, tarawih (special late-night prayers) are being offered at the mosque, and the number of worshipers is large.

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