Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 35: Eid-Al-Fitr

First of all: "Eid Mubarak" to all my Muslim friends and blog-readers!

Tonight is the end of Ramadan; the most important month on the yearly Islamic calendar, lasting 29 to 30 days. It is a month in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking during the day-light hours. It is also a time for spiritual reflection and worship. 

Because the Islamic months are based on the lunar (moon) calendar and not the sun, Ramadan moves backwards by about 11 days. This year it started on August 1st, right in the middle of the harsh Dubai summer. Not an easy month to fast, if one has to cope with 45C (113F) temperatures during the day...

Unlike popular believe, Ramadan does not really effect non-Muslims too much living in Dubai. Needless to say, one pays respect to fasting Muslims by not eating and drinking in public places during the day. Beside this, most companies are working Ramadan timings, finishing work a few hours earlier than usual. 

2011 Pic(k) of the week 35: Eid-Al-Fitr

Eid-Al-Fitr ( Arabic for "Festivity of the breaking of the fast" ), which starts today, marks the end of Ramadan and depending on the work sector gives one, 1 to 3 days of holiday. It is announced as the moon is spotted the day after new moon.  

More of my Mosque images can be found here.

Image details:
Nikon D700 with 70-200 2.8 VRII
ISO200, f9, 200mm, 2sec
RAW development in LR3
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast adjustment
Nik SilverEfex 2 for Black & White with selective coloring

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