National festivities in Tatarstan, Russia
Uraza (Ramadan – month of fasting). It is annual Muslim festival celebrated according with the lunar calendar. Ramadan Month of fasting Believers take no food, drink or tobacco from sunrise to sunset, and abstain from sexual relations. In many cities, the start of the fast is marked each day by a drummer who beats the bounds of each district and the end of the fast by the firing of a cannon. Technically, the fast begins each day at dawn, which for Muslims comes nearly two hours before sunrise. Sunrise marks the end of the first period of prayer. Dawn is reckoned as the time when the sun’s first light is seen on the horizon. Traditionally, the fast is broken with a bowl of soup and a special salad (fattoush) but the evening breakfast (’iftar) is often an opportunity for revelling which may go on late into the night.