May 6, 2019
Lanterns & Ramadan
The origin of the use of lanterns in Ramadan is believed to date back to the 10th century, when caliphs or their deputies in Egypt would be welcomed by children holding lanterns as they arrived to Cairo the night before the first day of Ramadan. They would walk around the city holding their lit lanterns to announce that the crescent had been sighted, and the next day would be the first day of Ramadan.
Recent years have witnessed lanterns becoming associated with the Holy Month of the Islamic calendar, not only in Egypt but across all Muslim countries.
This reminder is a cultural tradition rather than a religious symbol, which kindles a warm feeling of the arrival of a dear guest to Muslims around the world. An anticipated season that holds within lessons and virtues spanning over thirty days and nights.
Ramadan Mubarak !