Ramazan (Month of fasting)
Believers take no food, drink or tobacco from sunrise to sunset.
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, or, according to a Hadith, when
a white cord may be distinguished from a black cord. 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.